Polio drive to target millions in Horn

AFP PHOTO/ISAM AL-HAJ

The Sudanese government has agreed to let United Nations workers vaccinate tens of thousands of children against polio in the violence-wracked South Kordofan and Blue Nile

Polio drive to target millions in Horn


KISUMU, 18 November 2013 (IRIN) - Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children.

There have been outbreaks in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more seriously neighbouring Somalia, with 183 cases confirmed this year up to October, according to a snapshot by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

This is the first outbreak in Somalia since 2007. In r...


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