7 November 2005

Sierra Leone: Polio Eradicated in Sierra Leone

Freetown — Health and Sanitation Minister, Abator Thomas Friday said that polio has been eradicated in Sierra Leone.

She made this statement at a press briefing to mark the last two final sets of the National Immunization Days (NIDs) at her Ministry's conference room, Youyi Building.

The Minister said they are trying to immunize the remaining children that were left out during the last NIDs campaigns.

"The first and second rounds of synchronized NIDs took place in February and April this year and the third and fourth rounds would take place from the 11th to13th November and December 9th-11th respectively," she said and noted that in November children would receive an oral polio vaccine in addition to the December campaign.

She said the country has earned an enviable achievement because of the successful implementation of both the sub NIDs and synchronized NIDs.

"Since October 2001 to date no case of polio virus has been reported in the country as most of the surveillance conducted shows that the country is at the certification stage," she revealed.

Director General at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Noah Conteh appealed to parents to bring under five children for vaccination during the NIDs as this synchronized NIDs would help to kick polio out of West Africa.

Copyright © 2005 Concord Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.