The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other development partners of Liberia will today, Friday, October 25, 2013 begin a four-day long National Integrated Polio, Vitamin A and Deworming Campaign.
Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person invading the brain and spinal cord and causing paralysis.
Because polio has no cure, vaccination is the best mean of protection, and the only way to stop the disease from spreading. The spread of polio has never stopped in some countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Poliovirus has been reintroduced and continues to spread in Chad and Horn of Africa after the spread of the virus was previously stopped.
Accordingly, the four-day campaign will continue up to Monday, October 28, 2013. During the campaign, MOHSW, MOHSW and WHO will target of 945,643.000 children all across Liberia with polio vaccines, Vitamin A and De-worming medicines.
Speaking briefly to this paper, the Communications for Development Officer of UNICEF, Mr. Adolph us Scott, said 7,000 polio vaccinators go from town to town, village to village, school to school and market to market during the exercise.
Mr. Scott urged parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated during the four-day campaign. He also urged vaccinators to do all they can to ensure that all children eligible for the vaccine are vaccinated across the country.
He pointed out that as development partner, UNICEF procure the vaccines, while the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported the pre-positioning process of the vaccines.