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Country plans to vaccinate 5.5 million children against polio

Angola plans to vaccinate 5.5 million children, up to the age of five, against polio. The campaign should take place between the 8th and 11th of September, to prevent the risk of importation of the poliovirus, which has been persistently circulating in the region for three years.

: Giacomo Pirozzi/Panos Pictures
Giacomo Pirozzi/Panos Pictures  

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, to which the Lusa agency had access, the national campaign will count on the collaboration of 35 thousand technicians, including coordinators, supervisors, vaccinators, logisticians and registrars.

“The campaign is an intervention of crucial importance to maintain the results achieved by the country, with regard to interrupting the circulation of the polio virus in Angola, considering that the country has already been declared free of the disease”, says the statement.

The Ministry of Health highlights that there is also an accumulation of a high number of vulnerable children, who are not adequately vaccinated against polio during routine vaccination, which results from growing gaps in vaccine coverage and which continues to be the main cause and risk for outbreaks in the country.

To reach the largest number of children, the organization will create vaccination stations in churches, markets and places with a large influx of people, in addition to the door-to-door vaccination process.

“The Ministry of Health recommends the vaccination of all children, as the vaccine is the best form of prevention against polio, a disease that affects the nervous system and leaves the child disabled for life”, highlights the note, remembering that “There is no effective treatment against polio, hence the importance of prevention”.

The ministerial department also calls for the involvement of all partners in provinces, municipalities, communes and neighborhoods across the country, so that the campaign is very successful and “no child is left out”.


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