Konare, Obasanjo launch ECOWAS anti-polio campaign

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Friday in Sierra Leone, flagged off the Synchronised National Polio Immunisation in the 15-member Community.
Konare and the UNICEF Regional Chief, Rima Salah signed an agreement for the sub-regional immunisation, which was also witnessed by Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
Sierra Leone was chosen for the launch because of its success story in the fight against polio.
Konare, who described health as wealth, used the opportunity to call for lasting peace in Sierra Leone for the sake of African children.
Obasanjo praised the polio programme, dismissing fears that being an African initiative "it will not work".
"Polio is an African problem, which is why it is not getting universal attention," the Nigerian leader said, noting that AIDS, which "is a universal problem is getting universal attention".
He thanked African leaders, Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF and other partners, for their efforts to give the continent a face lift.

19 october 2001 22:44:00

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