Anti-polio national campaign vaccinates 16m children
Child takes the anti-polio vaccination - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A four-day anti-polio vaccination campaign launched by the government ended Thursday, after more than 16 million children across Egypt were innoculated, Youm7 reported.

The national campaign has exceeded its target, which was initially set at 15.5 million children. It aimed to vaccinate children aged one day to 5 years old.

In 2016, Egypt celebrates 10 years without any registered cases of polio.

Deputy Mission Director for USAID in Egypt Anne Patterson and the Ministry of Health launched Thursday the next round of Egypt’s National Polio Immunization Campaign, according to a press statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

“This round of the National Polio Immunization Campaign will provide the second dose of polio vaccine to nearly 15 million children under the age of five.  Two doses of oral polio vaccine protect young children from being infected with this crippling disease. The Ministry of Health and Population conducted the first round of the National Polio Immunization Campaign in April 2015,” read the statement.

Despite declared polio-free, Egypt launches annual national polio vaccination campaigns to raise children’s immunity against this disease, and to take precautionary measures recommended by WHO to prevent cases with acute flaccid paralysis, according to a previous statement by the Ministry of Health.

The statement said that the campaign provides door-to-door vaccinations in villages, mobile medical convoys traversing cities, and fixed teams situated near mosques, churches, medical units and metro stations.

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