Mitsuji Suzuka, the Japanese ambassador to Afghanistan, said on Wednesday that Japan will provide $7 million for vaccinations for Afghan children and women. The ambassador said these funds will help vaccinate 1.4 million children against polio disease and 2.8 million women against tetanus.
Dr. Mamosai Zewar, the deputy minister of public health, said that most cases of polio disease are reported in Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces and that a lack of security has deprived the vast majority of children of vaccinations.
“We have recorded 22 cases across the country with most of them recorded in Kandahar and Uruzgan province,” said Zewar.
Meanwhile, Aboubacar Kampo, representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for Afghanistan, said that they will vaccinate more than four million children and women, but he said it will take time to destroy the illness completely.
“Some remarkable gains have been made by Afghanistan over the past decades-- notably in reducing maternal and child mortality by half between 2000 and 2015,” added Kampo.