UNICEF supplies Kazakhstan with polio vaccines
© UNICEF Kazakhstan / 2011
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 15 April 2011 – The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan with the support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan will run a national immunization campaign against poliomyelitis for children under 6 years old in an effort to preserve the health and lives of Kazakhstan’s children.
The task of the additional immunization is to avert a polio outbreak. Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease which is caused by a virus, which can enter the body through the mouth and invade the nervous system. As a result, it may cause paralysis or death.
In order to retain the country’s polio-free status and synchronize immunization days with other countries in the region which showed the signs of polio presence, UNICEF provided Kazakhstan with 2,093,000 doses of three-valent vaccine on a non-repayable basis for the national immunization of children under 6. The Ministry of Health is also planning to conduct the additional immunization of children aged 6–14 in South Kazakhstan Region. To this effect, UNICEF delivered 430,000 extra doses of monovalent vaccine.
The need to conduct the additional immunization of children under 6 years old is caused by the outbreak of the disease in Tajikistan and its spread in the Central Asian region as well as in Russia in 2010. One case of imported poliomyelitis was registered in Kazakhstan in August 2010.
Since 2002 Kazakhstan has been certified by the World Health Organization as a country free of poliomyelitis. The epidemiological situation on poliomyelitis in Kazakhstan is stable, the routine polio immunization coverage in 2009 amounted to 98.6 per cent. A special working group has been set up under the State Committee of Sanitation and Epidemiological Control of Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry to prevent poliomyelitis from breaking out in the country.
About UNICEF. UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For additional information, please contact:
Aigul Nurgabilova and Sultan Khudaibergenov, UNICEF Kazakhstan
Telephone: (7172) 326 206, 32 28 64 (ext. 115, 112)
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