Cameroon cancels 2003 measles, polio vaccine campaign

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon will not hold national vaccination campaigns in 2003 against measles and poliomyelitis, owing to a high rate of coverage during 2002, a health official said Friday.
Emmanuel Nomo, permanent secretary of the Extended Vaccination Programme (EVP) said the 2002 vaccination coverage against poliomyelitis rose from 43 to 63 percent, with only 32 cases of the ailment diagnosed in three locales north of the country.
He said, however, a few vaccination activities against polio would be organised along the country's borders with Nigeria and Chad.
Measles coverage reached 95 percent, with some 129 cases recorded during the same period, Nomo told PANA.
He said in 2003, EVP would concentrate on reinforcing routine vaccination coverage to reach the 75 percent mark recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Nomo said emphasis would be placed on vaccination campaigns against maternal and neonatal tetanus, which claimed about 250 lives in 2002.
The 2003 budget for the EVP is estimated at 6 billion FCFA (about $10million), he said.

02 may 2003 18:27:00

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