Somalia: Polio Outbreak Kills 11 People in Hiraan Region

July 23, 2013
Somalia: Polio Outbreak Kills 11 People in Hiraan Region

 

July 23, 2013 -- A polio outbreak in Somalia has claimed at killed at least 11 lives in Hiraan region of south central Somalia, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on Puntland-based independent station Radio Garowe, the Director of Beledweyne General Hospital Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Khalif said "four people" died of Polio virus in Beledweyne General Hospital while "seven others" died in Moqokori town of Hiraan region due to the outbreak.

Dr. Ahmed added that WHO helped Beledweyne health centers in conducting vaccine exercises targeting children below five years "Since Beledweyne is the administrative capital, the vaccination campaign has began here and the immunization process will be extended to the rural areas and the regional districts".

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