Afghanistan expands environmental surveillance for poliovirus to all regions
Kabul 23 September 2017 - A new environmental sampling site for wild poliovirus isolation has become operational in Kunduz province, expanding the reach of Afghanistan’s environmental surveillance network to all regions. This is the 20th site established for environmental surveillance since the collection and testing of sewage samples for poliovirus began in Afghanistan in 2013 with WHO support.
WHO developed an emergency response plan with the Ministry of Public Health and Handicap International to respond to urgent health needs for trauma care and rehabilitation in Kunduz. In November 2015, additional trauma care facilities and a rehabilitation unit were established at Kunduz Regional Hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Handicap international with funds from CERF.