5 December 2012

Angola: Luanda to Vaccinate Over One Million Children Against Polio

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

Luanda — About 1.8 million children under the age of five will be vaccinated against poliomyelitis during a campaign that is set to take place on 07-09 December, ANGOP has learnt.

According to the provincial co-ordinator of the Broad Vaccination Programme (PAV), Felismina Neto, for this work about 12,000 people have been mobilised, 1,200 of whom will be working as vaccinators.

Aiming at eradicating poliomyelitis in Angola, the authorities will implement a vaccination sub- programme in the provinces of Luanda, Cabinda, Zaire, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Moxico, Malanje, Uíge and Kuando Kubango.

The provinces of Uíge and Kuando Kubango recorded five polio cases in 2011, whereas the other ones have not found any case in the last twelve months.

The source added that those provinces have been selected because they are prone to new infections risk.

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