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UNICEF urges Afghan govt to resume kids' vaccination drives


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2021 Oct 10, 17:15, KABUL
File photo: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Image Courtesy: Iudexvivorum (11 June, 2017)

The United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) on Sunday urged the Taliban's caretaker government to resume childrens' vaccination amid fear of spreading polio and measles in war-affected Afghanistan.

"The health system is about to collapse, we have weeks, not months or years. We will have a humanitarian catastrophe," UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi was quoted as saying in a statement on Twitter.

Abdi, who recently ended a four-day visit to Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, stressed the need for children's access to basic healthcare, immunization, nutrition, water and sanitation, and child protection services.

Quoted by the statement, Abdi called for an immediate resumption of measles and COVID-19 immunisation campaigns to help protect children and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Several cases of polio and measles were reported in Afghanistan as the vaccination campaign had been affected following the Taliban's takeover in mid-August.

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