UN pledges backing for Afghanistan as it marks National Immunization Day

“We are at the service of the Government of Afghanistan,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative. “We are working under your leadership and under your guidance and trying to implement your programme.” Today marked the second day of a three-day immunization campaign against polio in Afghanistan. In this round children aged 6 months to 5 years will also be administered Vitamin A drops, an important micronutrient to prevent night blindness. Special efforts have been made to give women vaccinators and supervisors a more prominent role in order to ease access to mothers. The drive, which is targeting 6 million Afghan children under the age of five, aims to interrupt the spread of wild poliovirus by end of this year, which has so far seen seven cases of the disease in Afghanistan. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are providing resources and support to the effort. Polio, a highly infectious disease, mainly affects children under three years of age, invading their nervous system. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, while between 5 and 10 per cent of those infected with polio die when their breathing muscles are paralyzed. The international goal is to certify the world polio-free by the end of 2005. read more

Prison riot squad officers sent into HMP The Mount for second time

first_imgHMP The Mount Prison, Bovingdon. Google aerial. On Monday, multiple prisoners were involved in a lengthy disturbance across two wings at the jail.The incident came on the same day as a report warned the prison had lost experienced staff and last summer suffered problems including violence.Prison affairs academic and blogger Alex Cavendish tweeted: “HMP The Mount: hearing about more trouble this morning. Staff said to have ‘lost control’ of part of Nash Wing. Awaiting more info.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Riot officers were sent to quell unrest at a Hertfordshire prison for the second time in 24 hours after inmates again took over a wing.The ‘Tornado Team’ of specialist officers was dispatched after staff reportedly lost control of part of Nash wing.The Ministry of Justice confirmed the incident, but said the prison remained secure and there was no risk to the public. He then added: “HMP The Mount: report that Tornado Team has been called in. Command suite set up.”A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said:  “Specially trained prison staff have successfully resolved an incident at HMP The Mount on 1 August. There were no injuries to staff or prisoners.“We do not tolerate violence in our prisons, and are clear that those responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.”Meanwhile, prison officers have quelled a disturbance at Erlestoke jail in Wiltshire.A Prison Service spokesman added: “Staff successfully resolved an incident involving a small number of prisoners at HMP Erlestoke on 1 August.”The offenders responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.” HMP The Mount Prison, Bovingdon. Google aerial. The unrest happened less than 24 hours after staff had regained control of two wings on Monday.Officers regained control of the prison for the second time at around 5pm on Tuesday.Staffing shortages and an extended lock down of prisoners are reported to have left the prison as “a disaster waiting to happen”.It is understood prisoners armed with weapons seized control of part of Nash wing, which houses 250 inmates including many who are serving short sentences or have only three months left to serve.last_img read more