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General News of Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Source: Cameroon Tribune

Gov't to protect 628,000 children from Polio

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The first national immunization days for 2015 was launched in Douala on Friday. "It is necessary to prevent children from polio, because it is dangerous and the media are talking about it every day. There are cases of polio in the East and other places in the country. It is important that my son get vaccinated." Carole Moutlen, mother of small Joël David, 13 months, revealed.

The health team together with the governor himself went on the field on the occasion of the launch of the first national immunization days (NIDs) of the fight against polio for the year 2015, which took place from January 30 to February 1.

The outreach was explained by Dr. Jacques Georges Otti, head of the regional unit of the program for expanded immunization at the coast, "the Governor decided to launch the campaign himself in the area where the performance has been the worst."

Joseph Beti Assomo thus began his visit to homes, where he administered the first vaccine to Princess, a few days old baby. This was in the spirit of NIDs 2015, which favoured the door-to-door, in addition to fixed and temporary vaccination posts.

He continued his outreach into the maternal section of a school where 370 children 0 to 5 years received the polio oral vaccine. They are also part of more than 628,000 toddlers who benefitted from this campaign in the Littoral.

The objectives for 1856 vaccination teams mobilized in the region, which is grafted to the national projections was elaborated by Dr. Otti who said, "vaccinate at least 95% of children in the territory, in all health districts and inform people 100%, so that at least 95% maximum vaccination will be done.

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