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President Karzai Initiates the Second Phase of Polio Vaccination Campaign


Arg, Kabul – H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, today initiated the second phase of polio vaccination campaign in the presidential compound by dripping two drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of Afghan children.

In a three-day campaign starting on 20th of August 2006 more than 45 thousand vaccinators, health workers and volunteers will go house-to-house across the country to immunize more than 7.3 million children under the age of five.

The health teams from the Ministry of Health will work in close partnership with the UN agencies to eradicate polio and ensure that no Afghan child slips through the net.

The President and the Minister of Health called on Afghan families to use this opportunity and vaccinate their children to ensure a polio-free Afghanistan.

For further information, please contact:

Office of the Spokesman to the President
Tel.:  + 93 (0) 799 33 77 55
         + 93 (0) 799 90 94 29

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