Striking what they hope will be a death blow against polio, health officials are preparing for a nationwide assault. The Supplementary Polio Immunisation Campaign will take place from February 20 to 22, National Immunisation Day (NID).
The campaign will target 4.6 million under-fives, administering both oral polio vaccine and inactivated polio vaccine, says the Department of Public Health.
Epidemiology director Dr Than Htun Aung said there was enough vaccine for all, but this was the last time.
“We plan to cover every single child. All they have to do is to come to the designated rendezvous place.”
Dr Htar Htar Lin, the campaign’s project manager, said the US$4 million project was supported by the World Health Organization.
“We want to provide oral vaccine to every child in the country in three days, including conflict zones and IDP camps. This is the last time we will give trivalent [oral polio vaccine] to the children. We will destroy all remaining supplies in May when the country is clear of type 2 of the virus. After that, children will be inoculated with injected polio vaccine.”
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