Japan will provide $7 million to mass vaccination companies for Afghan children and women, Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Mitsuji Suzuka said on Wednesday.
The diplomat noted that these funds will help to vaccinate 1.4 million children against poliomyelitis and 2.8 million women against tetanus.
Afghan Deputy Minister of Health Mamosai Zevar said that most cases of polio have been reported in the provinces of Kandahar and Uruzgan, and that insecurity deprives the vast majority of children of vaccinations.
“We have registered 22 cases across the country, most of them registered in Kandahar and the province of Uruzgan,” TOLOnews quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile, Abubakar Kampo, representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for Afghanistan, said they were vaccinating more than four million children and women, and also warned that it would take time to completely eradicate the disease.
“Over the past decades, Afghanistan has made significant strides in the healthcare sector, and we will continue to work to improve the situation in the country,” Abubakar Kampo added.
Turkmenistan also actually makes a significant contribution to the development of the socio-economic infrastructure of Afghanistan and regularly provides humanitarian assistance to a neighboring country, increases electricity supplies and builds social facilities at its own expense in the border provinces. So, a maternity hospital was built in Herat. A team of doctors and nurses, as well as necessary medications and auxiliary equipment, were sent to Afghanistan to establish the work of this medical institution and to prepare the appropriate personnel from among local residents.