As a preventative step against the wild poliovirus, India has agreed to vaccinate Afghan returnees against polio for free, according to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday. The ministry also posted a photo of returnees receiving vaccinations at Delhi International Airport. Polio is still prevalent in only two countries in the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“As a preventative step against Wild Polio Virus, we have chosen to vaccinate Afghanistan returnees with free Polio Vaccine – OPV &fIPV.Congratulations to the Health Team on their work to protect public health. Consider the vaccination push at Delhi International Airport “Mandaviya sent out a tweet.
After the Taliban took control of Kabul, the government evacuated 200 individuals, including the Indian envoy and other embassy personnel, using two IAF C-17 heavy-lift cargo planes.
On Monday, the first evacuation flight returned around 40 passengers, the majority of them were employees of the Indian embassy. On Tuesday, the second C-17 aircraft evacuated around 150 individuals from Kabul, including Indian ambassadors, officials, security staff, and some stranded Indians.
In the aftermath of the withdrawal of US soldiers, the Taliban stormed through Afghanistan last month, capturing control of virtually all important towns and cities, including Kabul.
(Source – PTI, Edited by The Policy Times)