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Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:47 - Updated Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:47

WHO to grant three million usdollars for anti-polio program


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Luanda – The World Health Organization (WHO) will grant three million usdollars for the polio erradication program, within the four stages of the vaccination campaign up to December 2010, the WHO anti-polio representative in Angola revealed today.

Jean Mari Yameogo stated, at the end of a meeting with the governor of Luanda province, Francisca do Espírito Santo, that readjustments are on course to know exactly the final costs, expected to be around 700,000 usdollars for each stage.

He added that both sides are interested in partnerships between WHO and the provincial government for the organization of vaccination campaigns, around May and August, through the municipal administrations having discussed campaign strategies as the intensification of  routine vaccination for babies aged up to one year and the follow up of the epidemiological surveillance.    

The WHO official pointed out the low coverage of routine vaccination, the poor campaign quality and the weak commitment of the municipal administrations as the main constraints identified at the meeting.    

Meanwhile the Luanda province health director, Vita Vemba stressed the need to proceed with the anti-polio campaign to protect the children, even though no recent case of the desease has been reported recently.

He added that the Luanda government presented its program for polio erradication, the World Health Day, the health infra-structures in different municipalities and the functioning of the programs against malaria, cholera and rabies.