May 6, 2011, 3:48 PM
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Abubakarr Gaye last Saturday launched a nationwide national immunisation campaign, at the Jammeh Foundation for
Speaking at the ceremony, Health Minister Gaye said the immunisation campaign is one of the key strategies of polio eradication initiative or
He stated that in 1992, The Gambia had launched its own national polio eradication initiative under the purview of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), noting that the overall goal of the EPI programme is to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality resulting from vaccine-preventable disease.
"It is gratifying to know that during the recently concluded Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Fourth Partners meeting held in
Dr. Gaye added that at a meeting of the Africa Regional Certification Committees held in
For his part, the WHO country representative, Dr. Thomas Sukwa said in 1999, the World Health Assembly unanimously voted to accelerate the global polio eradication initiative, noting that since then the number of cases worldwide has been reduced by almost 99%.
"Globally in 2009, there were 1,606 wild polio virus cases among which Africa reported 551cases, all of which were from
Madam Oumu Taal of Rotary Club International stated said in 2006 the club due to its concern on the wide spread of the polio virus, secured funds amounting to US$150, 000 from the embassy of China on Taiwan, which was used for a sub-immunisation in the Western Region.
She assured the Ministry of Health and partners that Rotary International would continue to support national immunisation campaigns.