Somalia to launch countrywide polio campaign

Somalia will kick off a countrywide polio campaign of two rounds of immunization to deliver monovalent oral type 2 polio vaccine (mOPV2).

The campaign is geared towards sustaining polio immunity and protection in response to the outbreaks of two strains of polio-virus currently circulation.

The first round of immunization will run from June 23 to 26, while the second one will be done in July from 21 to 24, this year. The campaigns target children from high-risk populations in 20 districts majorly from Somaliland and Puntland.

In March, Somalia's 3.1 million children aged under five were vaccinated with a bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV), which protects them against type 1 and type 3 polioviruses.

Source: International Islamic News Agency