21 November 2012

Africa: Eradication of Polio Helps Meet Strategic Goals - Report

Photo: Edward Parsons/IRIN
Mass immunisation campaigns try to keep polio at bay.

Luanda — The routine vaccination, eradication of poliomyelitis and integrated surveillance of diseases contribute to the attainment of the strategic goals set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa.

According to a report that reached Angop, the contribution includes the fight against the neglected tropical diseases, research, international sanitary regulation and response to epidemics.

The source adds that this strategic goal is intended to contribute to the reduction of the impact of the communicable diseases on the health, society and economy.

The report mentions that late in December 2011, the administrative routine vaccination coverage in the region, with three doses of vaccine against diphtheria, cough and tetanus, was kept at 82 percent.

It is also said that the countries of the region introduced new vaccines like pneumococcal drug in 13 countries, meningitis, covering about 54.6 million people in six countries.

The note says that the WHO continues supplying instructions and providing technical assistance with a view to expanding and sharing the best practices for the holding of campaigns or additional integrated vaccination activities against measles.

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