Afghanistan launches first polio vaccination drive of 2021 Jan 19, 2021 0 110 12345 Kabul: Afghanistan launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to give polio vaccination does to 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Public Health Ministry announced.Around 65,000 health workers are assigned to implement the campaign during a period of five days, a public relations officer for the anti-polio campaign, Mir Jan Rasikh told dpa.Last year, 3.4 million children were deprived of the jab across the war-torn country and as a result, at least 56 children were detected with the crippling disease in the country.The Taliban militants do not allow access to health care workers in areas under their control to carry out door-to-door campaigns. The militants claim that in the past the campaign had been used to gather intelligence in some provinces. (dpa)On Sunday, Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with the heads of WHO and UNICEF for South Asia in Qatar where they discussed the polio vaccination and other communicable diseases, the group announced.It was not clear if the militants had agreed to allow door-to-door campaigns in the areas under their control.Officials warn that lack of access will deprive around 3 million children of the vaccine again.The deadly virus has been stamped out from the rest of the world but is still prevalent in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which has launched a similar drive. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India officials deny claims hospital staff died from vaccine Jan 19, 2021 0 451 Tunisia arrests 632 people, army deployed amid violent protests Jan 19, 2021 0 325 Indonesia quake death toll rises to 84 Jan 19, 2021 0 293 At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region dpa Khartoum At least 83 people were killed and 160 others injured when various ethnic groups clashed in Sudan’s West Darfur State, a local doctors’ association said. The fighting took place at a displaced person’s camp .. Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rockets Tel Aviv/Gaza City: Israeli fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the radical Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in response to two rockets fired out of the enclave, the army said in a .. 10 Afghanistan soldiers killed in Taliban attack dpa Kabul Ten members of the Afghan army were killed in a Taliban attack in the country’s northern Baghlan province, officials said on Monday. The militants attacked a military base on the Baghlan-Samangan highway .. China willing to share new moon samples ... after laying down rules Beijing: The first rocks brought back to Earth from the moon in decades will be shared with researchers in other countries, provided diplomats can abide by China’s rules for the process of lending and returning the .. Stranded Indian sailors leave China coast after 7 months dpa New Delhi A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said on Monday. The ..