Cameroon to conduct Polio vaccination campaign next week

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The second phase of a vaccination campaign against Poliomyelitis in Cameroon has been slated for 21-25 January in 50 districts, mostly located in border areas, informed sources indicated Friday.
Included in the upcoming phase are some districts in the East and Adamaoua Provinces, which had no more than 50 percent coverage during the first phase.
The vaccination campaign targets children between 0 and 5 years old, estimated to number about 3 million.
During the first phase of the campaign, a 120-percent coverage rate was attained, according to the coordinators.
In addition to a group of 40 American and Canadian volunteers who have already arrived in Cameroon, two Australians are expected to assist the vaccination teams.
The current anti-Polio campaign falls within a global initiative launched way back 1985 by Rotary Club and aimed at eradicating the disease by 2005.
The initiative has so far reduced the number of poliomyelitis cases in the world from 350,000 in 1988 to 483 in 2002.
Polio is still endemic in Nigeria, Egypt, Afghanistan, India, Niger, Pakistan and Somalia.
The disease, which cripples children for life, last appeared in Cameroon in 1999.

17 january 2003 17:46:00

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