75,000 children vaccinated against Polio in Bay regionPhoto | Ilmo yar oo laga tallaalayo dabeysha/Sawir/Keyd/Cabdiraxmaan Xaaji
At least 75,000 children in Somalia’s south-central Bay region were vaccinated against Polio last week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
A WHO officer told Radio Ergo’s local reporter that the vaccination campaign had been carried out over five days last week in four of the five districts in Bay region.
These districts are the regional capital district of Baidoa, Qansahdhere, Burhakuba and Bardale districts.
The residents were reported to have been largely receptive to the vaccination programme and parents brought their children to be vaccinated.
The vaccination of children under 10 in Bay is part of the larger national polio eradication campaign. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, at least 108 polio cases have been reported from Somalia since April – equivalent to almost half the number of cases around the world in 2012.
However, the district of Dinsor was left out, as it is controlled by al-Shabab and the vaccination programme has been banned.
Health officers said several rural areas were not accessible because of recent rains that have damaged the infrastructure, as well as because of insecurity.
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