The “crippling” and “growing burden” of communicable diseases such as dengue fever, polio, or meningitis is not being sufficiently addressed in developing countries, according to “The Epidemic Divide,” a report released Monday by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), AFP/Google.com reports.
The number of polio cases in Nigeria has gone down from 799 in 2008 to 353 this year, according to the country’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Africa Science News Service reports.
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday at the Rotary International (RI) Annual Convention in Birmingham, U.K., said that governments worldwide should continue to work towards eradicating polio, BBC reports.
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Uganda on Saturday launched a three-day polio and measles immunization campaign, Possy Mugyenyi, the country’s immunization manager, said, UGPulse.com reports.
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News outlets in several countries recently reported on new cases of polio, including in places where the disease is not endemic.
11 West African Countries To Partake In Polio Vaccination Campaign; Benin Campaign Postponed Due to Health Worker Strike
A health workers’ strike has caused Benin to indefinitely delay a polio vaccination campaign, part of a regional effort taking place in several West African countries, IRIN reports.