Wednesday , October 20 2021

Kenya hosts African forum to examine progress towards polio eradication – Xinhua


Kenya, in co-operation with the World Health Organization (WHO), will organize a Pan-African conference next week to review the progress achieved in polio eradication in continental Europe, he said Friday night.

The African Regional Certification Committee for Polio Elimination (ARCC), to be held in Nairobi from November 12 to November 16, will review the progress made by the continent to be certified free of the attenuating viral illness.

During this meeting, seven countries, including Cameroon, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Central Africa, South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, will report on the efforts made to eradication of poliomyelitis.

The host country of Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Namibia are expected to provide data showing that they have remained free of the virus of the unknown polio.

Nigeria remains the only wild African country of equidae, and efforts have been intensified to limit its spread to vulnerable countries such as Niger, Kenya, Somalia and the DRC.

Rudi Eggers, a WHO spokesman in Kenya, welcomed the progress made by African countries in eradicating poliomyelitis but stressed that increased vigilance is the key to preventing it from recurring.

"African countries are taking many steps towards eradicating poliomyelitis, but it is a very good virus to hide, and if we lose it, it would have serious consequences for eradication efforts," said Rudi.

WHO says the world is on the verge of eradicating polio while the disease is endemic in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

In particular, the African region has taken many steps towards halting the transmission of the poliomyelitis virus since 1988, when the initiative for the global eradication of poliomyelitis was established.

WHO has collaborated with African governments to increase vaccination against poliomyelitis, surveillance and health education as a means to contain the highly contagious viral disease that leads to paralysis of patients who suffer.

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