The use of certain weapons over the past 20 years has negatively affected the Afghan health and agriculture sectors, according to the second deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi.
Speaking at a gathering held to mark Immunization Week, Hanafi said that many people in rural areas lack access to health service.
“They have used different types of weapons in this land. Our agriculture sector was damaged. Various types of chemical materials were used. Our children, women and our sisters were affected,” he said.
“This is the responsibility of the international community to assist with the Afghans in the elimination of negative effects caused by wars imposed by them,” Hanafi added.
The Ministry of Public Health said that it will soon launch the vaccination campaign across the country.
“This widespread campaign will be conducted from mosque to mosque,” said Qalandar Obad, acting Minister of Public Health.
“The Ministry is also launching a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 across the country in urban and rural areas,” said Abdul Qadeer Musa, an official of UNICEF.
This comes as the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to Afghanistan Khan Zaman expressed concerns over the surge in measles.