The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that nearly 7 million children will be vaccinated in a countrywide vaccination program that was launched on Monday.
The vaccination campaign is expected to last for 10 days.
“Nearly seven million children will be provided with vaccinations in this campaign, inshallah, and will be injected with measles vaccination. We can prevent the children from being affected by measles through this vaccination,” said Sharafat Zaman Amerkhail, a spokesman for the MoPH.
Meanwhile, citizens called on the MoPH to provide vaccination campaigns in rural areas as well.
Many families have been obliged to bring their children to Kabul due to lack of access to medical facilities in rural areas.
Allah Noor brought his seven-month-old child to Indira Gandhi Children hospital.
“We were here for around four to five days and then we went back home. Now we are here for two days again, the patient has measles,” Allah Noor said.
“We are living in the desert. We are in living in a remote area. They were coming on motorcycles and we would take our children for vaccination. The clinics are far from us and we could not take the children,” said Kajkol, a father.
The officials of Indira Gandhi Children hospital said that at least 11 children have died of measles over the past three months in the hospital.
“The vaccination can cure around 90 percent of the children against measles. Or it can help those who are affected by measles to get it over after a certain period of time,” said Hussien Afzali, a doctor.
“We had around 560 patients bedridden over the past three months, they needed emergency treatment. There were other patients who also needed treatment,” said Mohammad Iqbal Sapai, head of the Indira Gandhi Children's hospital.
According to the statistics of the MoPH, more than 380 children have lost their lives to measles.