UNICEF, WHO call for joint efforts to curb polio dissemination in Angola

UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have appealed for all sectors of the Angolan society to take joint efforts to secure a success for a nation- wide vaccination against poliomyelitis of about 5.6 million children, which were scheduled for August 6 to 8 and Sept. 10 to 12, the official news agency Angop reported on Thursday.

A joint press note from the two UN agencies said it was urgent to protect the country from the spread of poliomyelitis as the health ministry has recorded 17 cases of poliomyelitis in 2010 in the provinces of Luanda, Bengo, Huambo, Bie, Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul.

Most of the cases were reported in the border regions with DR Congo and were mostly affecting children. The Angolan government has promised to provide some 9.3 million U.S. dollars to support the vaccination campaign in 32 main districts of the country to cover at least 90 per cent of the children.
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