By: Tahani al-Sabri
Dr. Ahmed Qasim Al-Ansi, the Minister of Public Health and Population with Mohammad al-Sourmi, first agent of Sana’a Secretariat, launched the fourth round of the national campaign to immunize against of poliomyelitis at Sana’a’s al-Thawra Health Center on December 16th.
The campaign has been organized by the Ministry of Public Health and Population in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, the World Health Organization, and the American Agency for International Development over the course of three days. It aims to vaccinate about 4.8 million children under five years of age.
The Minister of Public Health has assured that the campaign will prevent the return of the polio virus toYemenin light of its resurgence in some countries.Yemenhas been free of polio since 2006.
The campaign has targeted 578 220 children so far. 243 teams of workers were stationary and 2 098 were mobile. The numbers of targeted houses was 327 533.