Angola: UN Chief Praises President's Commitment to Fighting Against Polio

Luanda — United Nations' secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Monday in Luanda acknowledged the engagement demonstrated by the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, focussed on eradication of poliomyelitis in the country.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Immunization Campaign against polio, held Monday in Viana district.

"I would like to congratulate the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, on funding this campaign and his personal commitment to this cause," asserted the UN chief, who also seized the occasion to thank other various Angolan entities who are directly supporting this vaccination campaign.

The UN secretary general also recognised that the results of this work are evident.

According to him, the number of the polio cases is decreasing in children and some localities in various provinces have reported no polio case over one year.

Ban Ki-moon also noted that polio eradication has to be considered as a public emergency, reason why Angola understands this priority.

He mentioned that seven million people in the world can currently move thanks the global campaign against polio.

Ban Ki-moon arrived Sunday in Angola for a two-day official visit.

Attended the opening ceremony of the National Immunization Campaign against polio, ministers of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chicoti, Health, José Van-Dúnem, as well as provincial governor of Luanda, Bento Bento.

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