Mar 25, 2012

UN Agencies and Allies to Kick-off Polio Eradication Drive.

22/03/2012 – UNICEF, the WHO and its health partners in 20 African countries will work to immunize more than 100 million children over four consecutive days, starting tomorrow.
International health workers and policy-makers will launch a new campaign to avert the spread of polio across West and Central Africa. About 111 million children in 20 countries are being targeted for polio immunization by government ministries, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a very infectious viral disease that overwhelmingly affects children under the age of five. Transmitted via contaminated water and food, polio attacks the nervous system once inside the body. In a small number of cases, the disease can cause total paralysis and death in just a matter of hours.

The campaign will begin operations tomorrow, when tens of thousands of volunteers will go door-to-door to vaccinate children against polio over the course of four days.

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