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Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:12 - Updated Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:12

Polio vaccination campaign kicks off on weekend


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Luanda - More than one million children below the age of five will be vaccinated against poliomyelitis in the country's capital, Luanda, from December 11-13, during a campaign being promoted by the local health department.

Speaking to ANGOP in Ingombota district, the provincial health director, Vita Vemba, stressed that the campaign will be conducted freely from door-to-door, markets, churches and other sites with a high concentration of the population.

However, the official appealed for the collaboration of parents and guardians for the children to be vaccinated and be administered the Vitamin A.

Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by a virus that can cause paralysis or lead to death.

The wild poliovirus can be transmitted from people to people through faecal-oral route.