Lome, Togo (PANA) - About 1,694,209 children, under five years, have been vaccinated during the second round of the Togolese national immunization programme against polio which was due to end Sunday, PANA learnt from official sources.
Due to the discovery of cases of the "wild poliovirus” in Côte d'Ivoire and following the movement of people between South Africa and Togo, "two teams of polio vaccinators were positioned at the border between Togo and Ghana through which most of the Ivorian refugees passed.
The campaign, carried out with support from UNICEF and WHO, were taken to the people following an effective awareness campaign, mounted by the two mobile operators, Togocel and Moov, which sent text messages to their subscribers.
Togo, which had been declared free of indigenous wild poliovirus in 2007, detected nine new cases in late 2008 and early 2009.
In view of this development the Togolese government now organzies two national immunization campaigns yearly to eradicate this disease.
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