This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
The immunization was under the theme; “Free South Sudan from Polio by 2015”.
The WHO, UNICEF and State health authorities launched the campaign against childhood diseases namely; Measles, Whooping cough, Polio and Diphtheria at a ceremony in Aweil graced by the deputy governor Madut Dut Yel and state health minister Tong Atak on Monday.
According to the Director General of the state Ministry of Health Dr. Edward Ayok, this is the third round
of vaccinations targeting children under the age of five years throughout the five counties.
“Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal has fewer cases reported about Polio since four years ago. The State Ministry of Health with its health organizations doubled their efforts in early preventions and community awareness,” said Madut Dut Yel.
Medics say there are three known types of polio viruses (1, 2, and 3) each causing a different strain of the disease and all are members of the viral family of enteroviruses (viruses that infect the gastrointestinal tract).
Type 1 is the cause of epidemics and many cases of paralysis, which is the most severe manifestation of the infection.
The virus is usually a harmless parasite of human beings. Some statistics quote one in 200 infections as leading to paralysis while others state that one in 1,000 cases reach the central nervous system (CNS).