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Nigeria: Nigeria to Be Certified Polio-Free By June 2020 - Africa Regional Team

[Vanguard] The African Regional Certification Centre on Thursday disclosed that Nigeria would soon be declared polio-free by June 2020. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Enugu's Fight to Maintain Its Polio Free Status

[Nigeria Health Watch] Veronica Asogwa is a petty trader in Abakpa Nike, one of the largest suburbs in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria. When the state announced the commencement of the sub-national polio vaccination campaign on January 17, 2020, Asogwa, 37, prepared to take her two-year-old son, Emeka, to a vaccination centre a few kilometres from where she lives with her husband. "I even told my neighbours where I do business who didn't know about it, because I don't want anyone to be left out," she says, (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Sokoto Battles Polio With 597 Health Facilities, N400m Counterpart Funding

[Vanguard] Sokoto State government has achieved a significant increase in the number of health facilities that offer routine immunization against polio in the last one year from 553 to 597. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Borno Vaccinates 2.1 Million Children Against Polio

[Premium Times] Borno State Government on Friday said it has vaccinated more than 2.1 million children against polio in the just concluded Immunisation Plus Day exercise in the state. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Zamfara Vaccinates 1.9m Children Against Polio

[Daily Trust] Gusau -Zamfara state government is to vaccinate 1.9 million children that are under five years as part of the 2020 first phase of Immunization Plus Days Campaign in the state. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Republic of Congo Steps Up Polio Vaccination in Border Region

[WHO] Republic of Congo steps up polio vaccination in border region (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: The German Government Expresses Satisfaction With Nigeria's Efforts in Polio Eradication

[WHO] Abuja 20 January, 2020 - Having achieved the milestone of reaching three years without a reporting of case of wild poliovirus, The German Government represented by members of its Parliament expressed satisfaction with the progress in Polio Eradication in Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Over Five Million Children Get Polio Vaccine

[ANGOP] Luanda -At least five million children were vaccinated in the country in 2019 to fight poliomyelitis during the campaigns promoted by the Ministry of Health, said last Friday in Luanda, the minister Sílvia Lutucuta. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Polio Recorded in 3 Regions ... 2 Die, 1 in Critical Condition

[Ghanaian Times] Sunyani -Three cases of poliomyelitis with two deaths have been recorded in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: The Ibadan National Poliovirus Laboratory - a Symbolic Icon in Nigeria's War Against Polio

[WHO] Standing at two stories tall and strategically tucked away in a silent corner of the University College Hospital, Ibadan The National oliovirus laboratory can be described as a symbolic icon in Nigeria's fight against polio. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Complacency Could Delay Polio Eradication

[The Herald] Villyen Motaze and Melinda Suchard Correspondents (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Count Down Polio Eradication - ARCC Concludes Verification of Documentation in Southern Nigeria.

[WHO] Abuja, 27 December 2019 - In the final lap of certifying Nigeria, a polio-free country, the African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for the eradication of poliomyelitis gave a vote of confidence that Southern Nigeria is on the right path to being polio free. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Polio Intervention - Kano Plans for Facilities' Sustenance

[Daily Trust] Stakeholders in Polio and Routine Immunization in Kano state have promised to sustain the facilities used during the poliomyelitis eradication routine immunization campaign with a view to making future exercises smooth and effective. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Relief As No New Cases of Polio Reported in Somalia Since May 2019

[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Polio Programme has not confirmed any new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) since 8 May 2019. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Quality Immunization and Surveillance Help Stop Polio Outbreaks in Three African Countries - Who

[UN News] Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Health Ministry Denies Polio Cases Caused By Vaccination

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Health Ministry last Wednesday denied allegations of a surge in polio cases caused by the antidote (vaccine) being given to children under the age of five. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Who, Unicef Help Boost West Africa's Capacity to Respond to Polio Outbreaks

[WHO] Lomé, 26 November 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today kicked off a four-day regional emergency preparedness workshop in Lomé, Togo for senior public health officials to strengthen the capabilities within West African countries to respond to polio outbreaks. (AllAfrica)

Africa: As Donors Ramp Up Polio Funding, Worries of Comeback Persist

[IPS] United Nations -Efforts to wipe polio off the face of the planet took a step forward this week, with a multibillion-dollar fundraiser in the Middle East helping eradication schemes tackle a virus that disproportionately kills and cripples children in poor countries. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Canadian Govt Demonstrates Commitment to Fight Polio in Nigeria

[This Day] To further demonstrate commitment of Canadian government to the fight against polio virus and strengthen routine immunisation (RI), the Director General West and Central African Bureau, Global Affairs Canada, Mr Tarik Khan, joined the Niger State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA) and WHO staff during the polio house-to-house vaccination exercise recently. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Second Stage of Polio Vaccination Kicks Off

[ANGOP] Luanda -The second stage of polio vaccination campaign is kicking off this Friday in five provinces of Angola, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Statement From Uganda's Minister of Health On the National Measles-Rubella and Polio Immunisation Campaign 2019

[WHO] On behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Government of Uganda, I take this opportunity to update the public on the just concluded national Measles-Rubella and Polio immunisation campaign. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Armed Forces Join Polio Vaccination Campaign

[ANGOP] Luanda -Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) are expected to join the first stage of the vaccination campaign against polio, to be conducted on November 15-17, the Health minister, Silvia Lutukuta, said on Monday. (AllAfrica)

Zambia: Alarm as Zambia Reports First Polio Case Since in 24 Years

[Nation] Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995 after a two-year-old boy was paralysed by a virus derived from the vaccine. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: New Milestone Towards a Polio-Free World, but There Is No Time to Relax

[Ghanaian Times] In another historic step for humanity towards a world free of polio, an independent commission of experts Thursday certified - on World Polio Day - that the second of three types of the wild poliovirus had been eradicated globally. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Uganda Scores Highly in the Measles-Rubella-Polio Vaccination Campaign

[WHO] In the recently concluded Measles-Rubella-Polio campaign conducted by Uganda's Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), partial results reveal that 18 770 706 (105%) children have so far been vaccinated against Measles and Rubella. This is higher than the nationwide target which was 18 100 000 children. The Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign targeted children above nine months but below fifteen years. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Another Polio Strain Eradicated

[Premium Times] It is good news from the health sector as experts have announced that another strain of wild poliovirus has been eradicated globally. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: WHO Celebrates Eradication of Polio Virus Type Three Worldwide

[This Day] Abuja -World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the global eradication of wild poliovirus type 3. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Another Partial Victory in Ending Polio

[VOA] Ending polio has been a long haul. The global campaign to eradicate the virus has been going on since 1988, and while it's close, it's not over. Sometime in 2020, Africa may be declared polio-free. But the disease is hanging on stubbornly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and as long as it hangs on, it can spread around the globe. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Somalia Anti-Polio Programme Bearing Fruits

[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Polio Programme has not confirmed any new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) since 8 May 2019. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: WHO, UNICEF Monitor Polio Vaccination Exercise in UER

[Ghanaian Times] Navrongo -Some Staff of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have toured some health centres in the Upper East Region to assess the second round of the polio vaccination exercise. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Valuable Lessons From Nigeria's Marathon Effort to Eradicate Polio

[The Conversation Africa] The theme for World Health Day in 1995 was "Target 2000 -- A World Without Polio". I delivered a lecture titled "Polio Eradication Race: Will Nigeria Finish Last?" to mark the occasion. Finishing last seemed likely because in the 1990s Nigeria's routine immunisation rates were in the 30%-40% range for all vaccine preventable diseases. Countries in Southern and East Africa that had eradicated polio had coverage in the 80%-90% range. (AllAfrica)

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