Kabul, October 18, 2008: Today Dr. S. Moh. Amin Fatimie, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan officially launched a three day National Immuization Days (NIDs) campaign here in Kabul. This round of NIDs campaign will start on October 18, 2008 and will continue for 3 days. MoPH with the technical and financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and donor communities conducts this supplementary immunization so that on one hand high level of immunity should be maintained among less than 5 years age children and on the other hand circulation of wild poliovirus could be stopped inside Afghanistan. With the achievement and sustaining of these two targets, Afghanistan will soon obtain the status of a polio free country.
"52,357 Staff of MoPH and volunteers will drop polio vaccines to the mouth of 7.5 million under 5 year age children and vitamin A capsules to 6.8 million children between the age of 6 months and five years all over the country. This is a huge operation which covers all villages of Afghanistan and provides a unique opportunity for all Afghan families to get their children vaccinated against Polio and be in contact with the health workers" said Dr. S. Moh. Amin Fatimie, Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. "We request all Afghans, health workers and health partners to provide any kind of help and support to this process so that all Afghan children could get vaccinated in the coming 3 days" he added.
In this round of campaign 52,375 staff of MoPH and volunteers will be providing vaccination to 7.5 million children of less than 5 years:
1. 831 District Coordinators
2. 3901 Cluster Supervisors
3. 1531 Social Mobilizers
4. 44907 Volunteers
5. 69 Media Staff
6. 839 Monitors
7. 278 Staff of Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) Management Teams of MoPH
MoPH Afghanistan is indebted to many health stakeholders especially UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank, USAID, CDC, Rotary International, European Union, CIDA, JICA and Government of Japan