Success of the first round of the polio campaign increases chances for polio-free Abkhazia but second round still ahead
SUKHUMI, 24 November 2010 – 98 per cent of all children aged 0-17 were immunized against polio during the first round of the Immunization campaign in Abkhazia. The first round of the campaign led by the Abkhaz health authorities and supported by UNICEF and the European Union was carried out from 8 to 14 November 2010.
“We are making progress but much still needs to be done.” UNICEF Representative Roeland Monasch stressed. “Protecting against polio is a lifesaving intervention and active participation of various members of the society including traditional and religious leaders, health and education authorities, civil society as well as the population at large is important in making Abkhazia polio-free.”
In order to provide maximum protection of all children against poliomyelitis it is important to conduct two rounds of immunization. The second round of the polio campaign will take place on the 6 – 12 December 2010 targeting the same age group of children as during the first round.
For further information, please contact:
Dragan Markovic, UNICEF Emergency Officer