The First phase of the National Campaign against poliomyelitis enters day 2 of work today in all 10 regions of Cameroon.
The Nationwide anti polio immunization exercise launched by Public health officials Thursday January 16, 2014 in Cameroon seeks to counter insurgence of the disease.
“We will be conducting a door to door synchronised immunisation campaign with oral vaccine,” said Michelle KEGNE, an active medic in Douala.
Before 4 cases were reported last year, it had been 48 Months since the last immunization exercise was launched.
But since many parents still doubt the source and content of free vaccines, a door to door campaign is operational to handle such cases. Codes have been devised by actors of the exercise to identify homes wherein children have been immunized, and homes to revisit in the 2nd and 3rd phases of the exercise to roll out polio of the kids.
The campaign is being carried of mainly in the southern parts of Cameroon following a polio outbreak last December in the West Region of Cameroon.
Immunisation takes place in all health centers of the ten regions till Sunday under the campaign in a setback to national & global attempts to eradicate the crippling and sometimes lethal disease.
It is worth indicating that Poliomyelitis is a highly infections disease attributed to poor hygiene and sanitation conditions. It affects the nerves, leaving victims paralyzed for life.
It is due to these devastating effects on infected and affected persons that government has been very keen on eliminating the disease.
* A live broadcast on the polio & malaria fight is yours Saturday January 18th, 2014 as from 3pm, exclusive to the Spectrum Television.