Fight against polio set to turn a new leaf

Pune: The battle against polio will turn over a new leaf with the health ministry deciding to switch over to bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) from the presently administered trivalent OPV from April 25.
The trivalent oral polio vaccine has been in the immunisation schedule since 1978 and was available for use in India from early 60s. With the switch over and simultaneous introduction of single dose of injectable polio, the country aims at complete eradication of poliomyelitis by 2020.

Nigeria: War Against VPD - After Polio, Measles Should Be Next

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria polio-free, it was celebrated after fighting the battle since 1976. This battle also forced the federal government to set up the National Programme on Immunization (NPI) in the same year. Though the effort failed woefully but in 1979 it was reactivated, leading to the emergence of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).The same can be done to other Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD), ODIRI UCHENUNU writes.

Burkina Faso: Campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite - 1er passage, du 26 au 29 février 2016

Le lancement officiel du 1er passage de la campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite de l'année a eu lieu à Kombissiri, chef-lieu de la province du Bazèga, le samedi 27 février 2016.
Les autorités en charge de la santé sont déterminées à éradiquer la poliomyélite. En témoigne, le lancement officiel du 1er passage de la campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite qui a eu lieu le 27 février 2016 à Kombissiri.

Polio worker shot as Pakistan holds countrywide vaccination drive

Gunmen shot and wounded a Pakistani polio worker in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against eradication teams in a country that accounts for more than 70 percent of the world's cases of the virus.
More than 100,000 health workers fanned out across Pakistan this week, stepping up a drive to eliminate the polio virus this year from one of its last bastions, despite threats from militants against the vaccination teams.

Polio campaign to target almost 5m children

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.

Gates Foundation Sees Possible End to Polio Soon

The world may well see its last case of polio in 2016, Bill and Melinda Gates said Friday, an event that would start a countdown toward the official eradication of the highly contagious and crippling disease.
“It’s possible that the last case will be in 2016,” Mr. Gates said. “We need some good execution and a little bit of luck.”

Uganda: 4.7 Million Children to Get Polio Vaccine

Beginning Saturday, the Ministry of Health will immunise children below five years against the polio virus using the oral polio vaccine.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Dr Asuman Lukwago, the vaccination campaign will start from January 23 to January 25 in 57 high-risk districts.

Latest confirmation: Polio count for 2015 reaches 52

BAHAWALPUR/QUETTA: The sample of a four-year-old boy from Rahimyar Khan in Punjab has tested positive for poliovirus, taking the count of polio cases of 2015 to 52. This is reportedly the first case in the district in the past four years.
District health authorities said Zar Gul Khan contracted the crippling disease on December 2, 2015.

Success against polio has emboldened India’s immunation drive: Dr Seth Berkeley

Dr Seth Berkeley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is currently in India and has inked an agreement for $500 million to support India’s immunisation drive.
Berkeley shares his views on the government’s engagement on vaccination and the way forward for India which supplies 60 per cent of the world’s vaccines and yet has the largest number of unimmunised children.
What are the components of this support package to India?

Polio Eradication: Is 2016 The Year?

As Yogi Berra (or Niels Bohr or Samuel Goldwyn) is supposed to have said, it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. It’s especially dangerous to try to predict the behavior of infectious diseases, when small unpredictabilities in climate or trade or the behavior of governments can bring a problem that we thought was handled roaring back to life.