10 December 2012

Angola: Polio Eradication Contributes to WHO Strategic Goals

Luanda — Routine vaccination, eradication of poliomyelitis, tropical neglected diseases and integrated surveillance of diseases, contribute to the attainment of the strategic goals of the World Health Organisation.

This is contained in a WHO note that reached Angop on Monday in Luanda.

The note adds research, international sanitary regulation, preparation and response to the epidemics as other contributions to the world organisation's strategic goals.

According to the source, the strategic goals are also intended to reduce the weight of transmitted diseases to health, society and economy.

The source states that in December 2011, the routine vaccination coverage in Africa, with three doses of vaccine against diphtheria, cough and tetanus was kept at 82 percent, to promote the access to vaccination services through a better advocacy and communication.

The African Vaccination Week held from April to May 2011, covered 75 million children and adults, with the involvement of more than 325,000 agents and volunteers.

The note states that countries of the region like South Africa and Zambia introduced four new vaccines. They are pneumococcal and rotavirus, whereas HPV was introduced in Lesotho and Rwanda.

The source also stated that about 54.6 million people from six countries received the combined vaccine against meningitis meningococcal in 2010/2011, adding that this resulted in a severe drop in cases of the disease with only four recorded in Burkina Faso.

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