Cote d’Ivoire: Cote d'Ivoire introduces polio vaccine into national vaccination programme

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Cote d’Ivoire government on Friday introduced a poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV) in its national vaccination programme to vaccinate a total of 650,000 children every year under a strategic plan (2013/2018) to eradicate the debilitating disease in the country.

At a ceremony held in Bouake, Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, WHO representative for Cote d’Ivoire, said the introduction of the vaccine was the last resort to end the disease in the country.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Health Minister, Dr Raymonde Goudou Coffie

"Cote d’Ivoire, like most other countries, has always used the oral form of the vaccine. This has contributed largely to reduce to 99 per cent the number of cases of poliomyelitis in the world,” he said.

He added that the introduction of the IPV in the routine national vaccination programme would strengthen immunity and reduce the minimal risks associated with the polio virus.

According to Dr Coffie, “even if the tireless efforts are giving good results against this disease there is need to track the virus that has created and that continues to create suffering for humanity”.

UNICEF Resident representative in Cote d’Ivoire, Mrs Adèle Khudr, added that the introduction of the IPV in the routine national vaccination programme of Cote d’Ivoire brought hope to the children.

She said that poliomyelitis affected mainly children under five years and that there was no treatment for it, adding that vaccination therefore remained the only option to protect children.

Cote d’Ivoire has supported the strategy from the World Initiative for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (WIEP) by introducing different strategies since 1997 when the last case of type 2 poliomyelitis was recorded in the country.

No case of wild poliomyelitis has been detected since July 2011.

West African countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia have already introduced the IVP in their health services.
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27 juin 2015 12:07:51




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