Public Health Ministry builds barricades against Poliomyelitis

The National Immunization day against Poliomyelitis in the country will be launched by the Minister of Public Health Dr Manouda Malachie. The ceremony is expected to run from Friday May 7th to Sunday 9th 2021, throughout the national territory.

Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral disease caused by poliovirus. This virus is transmitted by the consumption of contaminated water or food. The polio virus invades the body through the mouth while eating contaminated food or drinking water contaminated with stool from a person carrying poliovirus.
Poliomyelitis is a virus that mostly affects children under the age of five who are not immunized though can also affect teens and adults.

From the 7th to the 9th of May 2021 social mobilizers will go into household to raise awareness among parents, two drops of oral polio vaccines will be giving to children 0 to 5 years, supplementation of children aged 12 to 59 months with vitamin A and the  deworming of children aged 12 to 59 months with Mebendazole .

In Accordance with the micro plans developed,  190 health districts across the country will be concerned with this campaign. Millions of children aged 0 to 59 months will be targeted in the upcoming NIDs. (National Immunization Disease) 

Considering the estimated total population in Cameroon in 2021 at 27,076,681 people, the targets to be sensitized are estimated at 16,710 654 persons. 380353 children to be counted inthe Northwest region and 1,103000 parents to be sensitized.

With the socio political crisis rocking the Northwest, and a total population of 1868031, 380353 number of children are targeted for this immunization campaign.

Formusoh Racheal 

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