President Karzai’s 15-day Radio Address To Nation

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dear Countrymen, brothers and sisters,
Asslam Alekum Wa Rehmatullah Wa Barakathu,
It the blessing of God Almighty that with increased health services in the past ten years in the country considerable reduction has come about in the mortality rate of mothers and children especially we were successful in preventing the child-borne diseases. 
Dear countrymen, all our children till five years of age are confronting dangerous children diseases while all these diseases have its vaccination and by attention of parents and through applying of vaccines in proper time, these diseases can be prevented and they will not be afflicted to those diseases. 
Polio or paralyzing is most dangerous disease for the children and if the child is afflicted to it he/she will be paralyzed, their future will be destroyed and the society too will be affected of it. 
Sisters and brothers through timely vaccinating of the polio vaccine this country in recent years have become relatively safe for very keen attention of Afghanistan came under the special attention of the WHO and we were appreciated as we had only 25 cases of polio in all the country. 
However, regrettably the polio cases during the current year has been increased among the children and unfortunately 80 children were afflicted to this disease in 18 provinces of the country. 
The reason for this increase is that polio vaccine have not reached those children due to insecurity in the areas they live or the volunteers could go to those places and that their parents were not allowed to implement vaccine on their children. 
Dear patents: paralyzing of children due to polio infection is important for us, my demand is such that even one person in the country should not be afflicted to this disease and in order that polio case is not witnessed in our country, first of all mothers and fathers are expected to timely apply polio vaccine on their children and if due to some reasons they could not get the vaccine, they should refer to the health clinics and apply the vaccine on their children. 
I also ask all the religious scholars, clergies and imams of mosques and tribal elders of the country and I am hopeful that they will prepare the ground for the health workers in their regions to apply polio vaccine to the children. 
In case the opposition or other individuals due to their ignorance are preventing application of vaccine, the elders of the villages should convince them that preventing the vaccine to the children in fact is enmity with the children of the country. 
This is the duty of all to save their children by applying of vaccines. 
Do not forget applying of vaccines on your children.

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