Oct 22, 2013

Somaliland: President Leads Initiative To Combat Polio

Recently, the President of Somaliland became the first person inoculated in a country-wide anti- polio vaccination campaign. The following day the initiative launched country wide, and is aimed not only at children, but also adults.

Below is an article by Somalilandpress:

The Head of State became the first person to lead the nation in a country-wide anti- polio vaccination campaigns when he took the immunization drops of the vaccine yesterday [19-10-2013] at the State House.

H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohammud and the First Lady Amina Sheikh Mohammed Jirde were given the inoculation in which the adults are incorporated in for the first time since cases of grown-ups struck down with polio was reportedly witnessed in the neighbouring countries.

The countrywide campaign exercise is scheduled to kick-off this morning Sunday, the 20th of October 2013.

“This vaccine is important to both the people and country at large”, said the President.

Since health is a prime target for everyone, the President urged the populace to embrace the exercise and inoculate themselves against the killer and maiming disease.

“I pray to God for blessings of good health to all and that we may benefit from this inoculation”, he solemnly said.

The inoculation was being dispersed by a health worker under the watchful eye of the Health Minister, himself a former health staffer.  The VP and information minister Hon. Ukusse were also inoculated at the State House.

Meanwhile at a curtain raising ceremony of the exercise at the Maansoor Hotel, the V.P. H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael Seili’i underpinned the fact that for the health of the population to be better, it was imperative for the people to take part in the exercise.

The health minister Hon. Hagle-tosie revealed that 1670 groups who would work in pairs of two would take part in the campaign exercise countrywide.

 Regional Hargeisa Governor Mr. Mohamed Mohamoud Jeeni-yare said that he was happy that he was going to be inoculated for the first time in his life, especially now that the adults were included.

Also in attendance were cabinet ministers, UNICEF, WHO and other health stake holding NGOs, the medical association, members of the clergy and other citizens.