Cameroon: Five million children to be vaccinated against polio

Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's Secretary for Health, Alim Hayatou, on Friday launched the 7th phase of free vaccination of children aged up to five years against wild poliomyelitis.

About five million children are expected to be vaccinated by Sunday.

The launch was performed at Kumba, about 400 km from Yaoundé, in the south-western region, situated near Nigeria where cases of wild poliomyelitis are still reported.

The authorities say this may be the reason why Cameroon is the only country in Central Africa where the disease is prevalent. In 2009, the country undertook to eliminate poliomyelitis from its territory.

At the launch, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Cameroon, Dr Charlotte Faty Ndiaye, said close to 10 billion F CFA had been mobilised since October 2013 by the Cameroonian health authorities to support the battle against the disease as cases of polio have been reported in the country.

Poliomyelitis is an infectious communicable disease that attacks the nervous system of the individual and can cause paralysis of the lower limbs. No cure is presently available against this disease.

However, vaccination remain an efficient means to fight the disease.
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