Africa: Statement of the Thirtieth Polio IHR Emergency Committee
[WHO] The thirtieth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the WHO Director-General on 3 November 2021 with committee members and advisers attending via video conference, supported by the WHO Secretariat. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). Technical updates were received about the situation in the following State Parti (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Enugu Govt Targets 20 Per Cent of State Population for Vaccination - Official
[Premium Times] "We are going to homes, schools, churches, malls, parks, markets, farms as well as all living areas, where a child can be found." (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 18, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Polio Surveillance in Namibia
[WHO-AFRO] Namibia was certified polio free since October 2008 and had continued routine and national immunization campaigns to maintain its polio free status. However, the country remains at high risk for vaccine derived polio viruses due to low detection of Acute Flaccid Paralysis cases in the bordering regions which is used as an indicator to measure how sensitive the surveillance system is. In addition, there is high number of un and under vaccinated children along the Namibian- Angolan and Namibia-Zambia border (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Rotary Urges Parents, Schools, Religious Bodies to Immunise Their Children Against Polio
[This Day] Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Oyedeji, Dallaji Boost Basketball Development in Liberia
[Premium Times]The former D'Tigers captain held a three-day camping exercise in Monrovia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Mobile Cash in Polio Response - Three Things to Know
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa pioneered mobile money transfer system under the Polio Eradication Initiative programme essentially to pay vaccination campaign workers. So far eight African countries have adopted the payment system, with others working to deploy mobile-based cash transfers in health programmes beyond polio. Dorcas Karimi, Digital Finance Officer with the WHO Regional Office for Africa, explains the progress achieved so far. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Launches the First Ever nOPV2 Vaccination Campaign Alongside Commemoration of World Polio Day
[WHO-AFRO] On 22 October 2021, Ethiopia launched a polio vaccination campaign with type 2 novel oral polio vaccine (nOPV2) targeting over 17 million under-five children aiming to end the circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus. The campaign was officially launched by the Ministry of Health and polio partners in Hawassa, Sidama, alongside the commemoration of World Polio Day with the theme, "One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio: Delivering on the promise of a polio-free world". (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Joint Statement By WHO-Unicef-Rotary On World Polio Day
[WHO-AFRO] Today, as the world commemorates World Polio Day with the theme, "One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio - delivering on our promise of a polio-free world!", and Ethiopia launches a nationwide polio vaccination (nOPV2) campaign, we - the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and ROTARY - reaffirm our commitment to continue delivering on our promise of a polio-free world for current and future generations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Pursuing the Endgame - Novel Polio Vaccine Rollout in Africa
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- In November 2020, the novel Oral Polio Vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) became the first vaccine to be authorized under the WHO Emergency Use Listing. The vaccine has since been rolled out for limited initial use in countries to tackle vaccine-derived poliovirus. Dr Richelot Ayangma, Medical Officer and nOPV2 Focal Point at the WHO Regional Office for Africa explains the vital role of the vaccine in ending all forms of polio and what countries must do to ensure effective vaccination campaigns. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: WHO Country Representative Juliet Nabyonga Lauds Kenya for Stepping Up War on Polio
[Nation] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded Kenya for stepping up war against polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Osun State Targets Over One Million Children for Vaccination Against Polio
[WHO-AFRO] Osogbo -- As a health worker and Local Immunization Officer in Ilesha West Local Government Area (LGA), Osun State, Mrs Toyin Ajewole has seen first-hand effects of a child not being vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Over 80 Million Reached As Africa Trailblazes Novel Polio Vaccine
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- More than 80 million children have been vaccinated with the novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) in six countries in Africa, the world's first region to rollout of the vaccine just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) gave it Emergency Use Listing status in November 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Cross River State Leverages Polio Campaign Structure to Integrate Covid-19 Vaccination
[WHO-AFRO] Bassey Eyo, a mother of three, living in Cross River State was delighted that she and her child could receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the novel Oral Polio Vaccine (nOPV2) respectively at a health center in Big Qua. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 22, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Govt Receives 10 Million Doses of Polio Vaccines
[Monitor] The country yesterday received 10,997,500 doses of polio vaccines to tame the spread of the potentially deadly strain of poliovirus circulating in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - We Have Won a Battle, but the War Is Still On, Says Leading Virologist
[WHO-AFRO] Abuja -- On the 25th day of August 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region was certified polio free by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication (ARCC), as Nigeria achieved the wild polio virus free status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 13, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: States in the Northwest Keep Pressure On Vaccine-Derived Polio
[WHO-AFRO] On 25 August 2021, African countries marked one-year anniversary of Polio certification. Programme managers, health workers and polio survivors in Nigeria also celebrated the wild polio- free status in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 121 Cases of Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus Recorded in Nigeria - Govt
[Daily Trust] The National primary Healthcare Development Agency says about 121 cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 have been recorded across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: '120 Children Infected By Environmental Polio'
[Vanguard] Abuja -- The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has said a total of 120 children in Nigeria have been infected with environmental poliovirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria's Wild Poliovirus Free Status Not Under Threat,Says Govt
[Vanguard] Abuja -- THE federal government has said Nigeria's wild poliovirus free certification is not under any threat, assuring that the country would continue to sustain its current status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Seeks Rotary Club's Support in Polio Vaccination Drive
[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised that the federal government will continue to draw from the expertise, partnership and consistency learnt from the eradication of Polio in the country to strengthen the health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: 'Our Shared Objective is to Stop All Polioviruses by 2023'
[VOA] Nairobi, Kenya -- African countries have committed to ending all forms of polio after cases of vaccine-derived polio increased last year, partly because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Africa had been declared free of the wild poliovirus, after four years without a single case. But a variant has since returned in communities where not enough children have received the vaccine against it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: African Countries Commit to Ending All Forms of Polio
[UN News] Although the African Region was certified free of wild poliovirus one year ago, after four years without a case, outbreaks of a vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) is spreading throughout communities where too few children have received the polio vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: African Countries Commit to Ending All Forms of Polio At Regional Meeting
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- Governments from the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region have committed to ending all remaining forms of polio and presented a scorecard to track progress towards the eradication of the virus. The commitments came at a dedicated meeting on polio at the Seventy-first WHO Regional Committee for Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Countries Gear Up to Kick All Forms of Polio Out of Africa, Once and for All!
[The Point] To rapidly and sustainably stop outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in African countries, a modified vaccine, known as novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) is now being rolled out. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Polio Immunisation to Kick-Off in October
[Monitor] The Ministry of Health has said mass polio vaccination is the only way to evade major outbreak and shield children from the crippling disease in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Authorities Declare Polio Virus Type 2 Outbreak a Health Emergency
[Foroyaa] The Minister of Health Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh has on Wednesday 18th April 2021 declared Poliovirus Type 2 outbreak a National Public Health Emergency as two environmental samples collected from sewage sites tested positive for poliovirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Resurfaces in Adamawa
[Daily Trust] The Adamawa State Government has confirmed the re-emergence and detection of circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus, type 2 case in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Stop New Polio Infections Now
[Daily Trust] There are growing health concerns in the country over the recent outbreak of circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus Type 2 (cVDPV2) in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, announced on Monday, July 5, that the country is witnessing a cVDPV2 outbreak in Abia, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, FCT, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states. Of great concern is the fact (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Successful Anti-Polio Vaccination Program
[Shabait] Asmara, 05 July 2021- The Ministry of Health reported that the polio vaccination program conducted across the country from 23 to 27 June to control the prevalence of the virus that has been detected in neighboring countries has been successful. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 190,000 Children in Chinhoyi to Get Polio Jabs
[The Herald] THE Ministry of Health and Child Welfare expects to immunise 190 000 children in Mashonaland West province against polio in August and September this year, a senior health education officer has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Nurse Rashid Abdi's Selfless Act Warms Hearts of Kenyans
[Nation] A day before the launch of last month's polio vaccination campaign for children under five years in 13 high-risk counties, a nurse at a dispensary in remote Iresaboru, Isiolo County, was pictured wading through floodwaters while holding a cold box containing vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Nationwide Anti-Polio Vaccination Program
[Shabait] Asmara, 23 June 2021- The Ministry of Health has launched today, 23 June nationwide anti-polio program in all sub-zones of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Ending Polio At Launch of New Eradication Strategy
[WHO] Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will launch the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise at a virtual event, to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including setbacks caused by COVID-19. While polio cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases. Last year, 1 (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 11, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Defends Strengthening of Epidemiological Surveillance in Africa
[ANGOP] Luanda -- The Angolan Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta, Saturday called for the reinforcement of epidemiological surveillance measures in Africa, in order to avoid the outbreak of Polio caused by type 2 vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 31, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Statement Following the Twenty-Eighth IHR Emergency Committee for Polio
[WHO] The twenty-eighth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the WHO Director-General on 4 May 2021 with Committee members and advisers attending via video conference, supported by the WHO Secretariat. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The following IHR States Parties provided an update at the video conference on th (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenya Kicks Off Polio Vaccination Campaign Targeting 13 High-Risk Counties
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The Ministry of Health will embark on a 5-day house to house Polio vaccination campaign from Saturday targeting children aged below 5 years in 13 high-risk counties. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 20, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Parents Urged to Take Their Children for Polio Vaccine
[Concord] In the wake of the commencement of the polio vaccination later this week, Communication Pillar Lead at National Corona Virus Emergency Centre (NaCOVERC), who also doubles as Head of Public Education Unit, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Harold Thomas, has called on parents to feel free to let their children be vaccinated with the polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Wild Polio Virus May Resurface in Nigeria If ... - UNICEF
[Premium Times] Nigeria's information minister also speaks on the 'urgent' step the country must take to avoid a recurrence of the virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: MoH to Complete Nationwide Polio Vaccine
[New Republic] The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Partners on the 26th day of March 2021 officially launched the 2021 Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign in Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Government Launches Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Partners will on this 26th day of March 2021 officially launch the 2021 Nationwide Polio Vaccination Campaign in Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Egypt: Health Min. - Egypt Ready to Offer All Support to Eastern Mediterranean Countries to Eradicate Polio
[Egypt Online] Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed expressed Egypt's readiness to offer all necessary support for Eastern Mediterranean countries to eradicate polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 - Govt to Adopt Polio Immunisation Strategy in Vaccinating Eligible Citizens
[Vanguard] As Nigeria receives its first batch of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines today, the Federal Government has said it would adopt the strategy deployed during the polio pandemic in the country in vaccinating eligible citizens. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 2, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Statement of the Twenty-Seventh Polio IHR Emergency Committee
[WHO] The twenty-seventh meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the WHO Director-General on 1 February 2021 with committee members and advisers attending via video conference, supported by the WHO Secretariat. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The following IHR States Parties provided an update at the video conference (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Liberia Commissions First National Polio Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
[WHO] Monrovia -- To Stop the spread of circulating vaccine derived Polio Virus type 2 (cVDPV2) in Liberia and protect communities from this crippling disease, on 5th February 2021, the Government of Liberia and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners commissioned the first National Polio Emergency Center (EOC) in Liberia for effective coordination of activities towards Polio Eradication. The historic and well attended ceremony was held on the grounds of the old Ministry of Health Complex in Monrovia where t (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 10, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cameroon: Polio Eradication - Understanding Why Vaccination Must Continue
[Cameroon Tribune] Though Cameroon was declared wild poliomyelitis-free on June 18, 2020, surveillance and immunisation efforts must be stepped up because two other polio types are yet to be eliminated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: New Polio Vaccine Will Only Be Available in Special Circumstances - Kenyan Expert
[Nation] A new vaccine that has the potential to shield against outbreaks caused by a mutated polio strain linked to the oral vaccine has received an emergency listing from the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - LG Immunises Over 44,000 Children in January - Official
[Premium Times] Kano conducted routine immunisation against polio between Saturday and Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 28, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Conducts Polio Vaccination Campaigns to Ensure the Country Remains Polio Free
[WHO] In November 2020, Ethiopia conducted an oral polio vaccination campaign targeting 7.1 million under-5 children in four regions and two city administrations despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was conducted in Harari, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions, and Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa cities. This campaign, which attained 103% of the targeted coverage, was the second-round of a polio vaccination campaign that was conducted in October 2020 also targeting 7.1 million children under- (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Ishaku Lauds Rotary International for Its Contribution to Polio Eradication
[Vanguard] The governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, has showered encomium on Rotary International for its selfless service and humanitarian gestures toward the fight against wild polio in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: International Day of People With Disabilities - Personal Reflections On Growing Up With Polio
[Vanguard] In August this year, amid the uncertainties and tremendous global discomfort caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria received encouraging news when the country was declared free of the wild polio virus, joining a league of countries in which the virus had been eradicated and, by this declaration, inching Africa towards a total freedom from the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news