Africa celebrates success of 24-year effort to end wild polio

Africa celebrates success of 24-year effort to end wild polio

Africans celebrated the end of wild poliovirus on the continent on Tuesday, making good on an international promise that dates to 1996 and the Nelson Mandela era. “This is a momentous milestone for Africa. Now future generations of African children can live free of wild polio,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti,…

WHO campaign set to reach 13 nations with polio vaccination

WHO campaign set to reach 13 nations with polio vaccination

A week-long campaign to help end polio is wrapping up in 13 African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. More than 116 million children are receiving vaccinations in what WHO describes as one of the largest synchronized and simultaneous campaigns ever achieved on the African continent. More than 190,000…

Kenya: five-day campaign aimed at eradicating polio

Kenya: five-day campaign aimed at eradicating polio

95 percent of children under the ages of five in Nairobi were vaccinated against polio The Star reported yesterday. The vaccinations were part of an exercise that ended today. The five-day campaign was aimed at the eradication of polio. “We want to fully eradicate polio. This is in line with…

Why Nigeria took so long to get non-polio endemic status

For both Nigeria and the continent, the country’s removal from the list of polio endemic countries is a huge step towards Africa complying with the global goal of becoming polio free by 2017. The goal is part of the World Health Assembly’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to deliver a polio-free…

Oyewale Tomori

Professor Oyewale Tomori is currently, President, Nigerian Academy of Science.