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Cameroon: After fresh polio outbreak, Gov’t announces vaccination campaign targeting 6M infants aged zero-five years

Polio campaign kick starts on April 23 (c) copyright
The Minister of Public Health, Dr Malachie Manaouda has announced a national vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis from the 23rd to the 25th of April for children aged between zero and five.

 

According to reports, this campaign follows the discovery of 16 cases of type 2 derived poliovirus less than a year after the country was certified polio-free.

As such, children from zero to five years old in all ten regions will be administered the Oral Polio Vaccine to have their immunity reinforced.

According to the communique published by Minister Malachie Manaouda, relating to the vaccination, health agents will go round the different health districts in the country for a door-to-door sensitization on the importance of the vaccine in homes, hospitals, markets and churches to name but these.

This will be followed by the administration of two droplets of the Oral Polio Vaccine to the children. Parents have been called upon to allow their children receive the vaccine.

The vaccination will be coupled by a Vitamin-A supplementation of children from six to fifty-nine months and de-worming of children from twelve to fifty-nine months.

It is worth mentioning that Cameroon had been declared polio-free last year.

According to Dr Shalom Tchokfe, Permanent Secretary at the Expanded Programme on Immunization, the cancelling of the 2020 polio campaign due to the Coronavirus increased the risk for the virus to reappear.

Poliomyelitis, which can be prevented by a vaccine, is an infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours, affecting mostly young children.

 


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