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Egypt launches anti-polio vaccination campaign on Sunday

Saturday 21/July/2018 - 07:49 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassanein Tayea
Health authorities in Egypt have announced the launch of new anti-polio vaccination campaign for children less than four years in all medical units nationwide.

According to Health Minister، Hala Zayed، about 16.5 million children will be immunized in all governors of Egypt.

The national campaign، to be completed in four days، is carried out at an approximate cost of 84 million pounds (about $4.8 million USD)، the ministry spokesman، Khaled Megahed، said.

Take the vaccines to be used، they have already been tested in terms of safety and effectiveness in the laboratories of the World Health Organization (WHO)، he added.

According to the WHO، Egypt has been polio-free since 2004. The last case was reported in the central government of Assiut in May 2004.

The last environmental sample with indigenous wild virus was reported in January 2005، although the presence of wild environmental viruses imported from South Sudan and India was subsequently detected.

Routine immunization against polio is mandatory in All Egypt since 1968.

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