Mar 13, 2013

Somaliland: 600 000 Children To Be Vaccinated Against Polio

An internationally sponsored polio vaccination campaign for children under 5 years began in Somaliland on Monday (March 11th).

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The Somaliland Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organisation are implementing the programme, which will administer the vaccine to 600,000 children.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health sent 1,209 vaccination teams of four trained health workers to Marodi Jeh, Togdheer, Awdal, Sanaag, Sahil and Sool to carry out the campaign, according to Kaise Kosar of the ministry's public health unit.

"The campaign will continue for three days in all areas except Marodi Jeh, which will have four days," Kosar told Sabahi.

On Sunday, the ministry sent text messages to citizens' mobile phones, asking parents to take advantage of the vaccination opportunity.

Polio is a viral infection that causes paralysis and motor weakness. While there is no cure for those who become infected with the disease, the vaccination can prevent infection.

Last year, more than half a million children were vaccinated against polio in Somaliland in an exercise carried out by the same organisations.