UN health agency launches new drive against polio along Burkina FasoNiger border

The World Health Organization (WHO) decided to organize its “mop up” campaign after a family from Niger brought a sick child to the nearest clinic, which happened to be in Burkina Faso.”As a result of this case, and as part of the standard procedure for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the mop up campaign was planned, targeting 294,000 children in Niger and 218,000 in Burkina Faso,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York.Wild poliovirus cases are rare – just 483 cases worldwide were documented in 2001 – and mop up campaigns are an important part of the drive to eliminate polio, according to the spokesman.

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