#AceHealthNews – A large five-day vaccination campaign against polio has been launched in Iraq, Syria and Egypt after health officials reported a suspected polio case in Baghdad.
Child receiving polio vaccine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to UNICEF, the program aims to vaccinate more than 20 million children, including 5.6 million in Iraq alone.
“Polio eradication is a global priority,” said UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, Marzio Babille. The contagious, crippling disease which affects children under 5 years, cannot be cured but it can be prevented.
#AceWorldNews says the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.
“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.
The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.
“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.
The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports.
Nov 29 2013 1:00PM
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news