SHARE

Africa Is Now Officially Free of Polio, Says World Health Organization

Must Read

Egypt Detains Photographer after Private Shoot With Dancer at Pyramid

Egyptian police have detained a photographer for breaking the rules set by the antiquities ministry for photo shoots after...

Nigeria Ranked Among Top 20 Unsafest Countries in the World – as Citizens Live in Fear

Nigeria's ranking in the 2020 Global Law and Order index reflects a common feeling of unsafety among many Nigerians.Global...

Hadza: The Tanzanian Tribe That Survive Purely From Hunting and Gathering — In Pictures

The Hadza are an an indigenous ethnic group located near Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. They are descendants...
SHARE



Africa has been declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission and UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).

Africa Declared Free of Wild Polio

Polio usually affects children under five, sometimes leading to irreversible paralysis. Death can occur when breathing muscles are affected.

Twenty-five years ago thousands of children in Africa were paralysed by the virus.

The disease is now only found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There is no cure but the polio vaccine protects children for life.

Nigeria is the last country in Africa to have reported a case of wild polio – in Borno state in Nigeria’s remote north-east, and the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurrection, in 2016.

How did Africa eliminate wild polio

Without a cure a vaccine developed in 1952 by Dr Jonas Salk gave hope that children could be protected from the disease. In 1961, Albert Sabin pioneered the oral polio vaccine which has been used in most national immunisation programmes around the world.

In 1996 poliovirus paralysed more than 75,000 children across the continent – every country was affected.

That year Nelson Mandela launched the “Kick Polio Out of Africa” programme, mobilising millions of health workers who went village-to-village to hand-deliver vaccines.

It was backed by a coalition of groups including Rotary International which had spearheaded the polio vaccination drive from the 1980s.

Since 1996 billions of oral polio vaccines have been provided, averting an estimated 1.8 million cases of wild poliovirus.

©BBC



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

1 COMMENT

  1. This article is a lie. The Who has posted on their website instances of people with Polio that got it from the oral vaccine because they are too cheap to give them the injectable vaccine that has an inactive virus in it. 13 cases were reported between 9 August and 26 August 2020. Do they think they get to say polio was eradicated because it is not the wild virus and instead it is the vaccine strain virus that is spreading?
    https://www.who.int/csr/don/01-september-2020-polio-sudan/en/

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Egypt Detains Photographer after Private Shoot With Dancer at Pyramid

Egyptian police have detained a photographer for breaking the rules set by the antiquities ministry for photo shoots after...

Nigeria Ranked Among Top 20 Unsafest Countries in the World – as Citizens Live in Fear

Nigeria's ranking in the 2020 Global Law and Order index reflects a common feeling of unsafety among many Nigerians.Global polling group, Gallup, has published...

Hadza: The Tanzanian Tribe That Survive Purely From Hunting and Gathering — In Pictures

The Hadza are an an indigenous ethnic group located near Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. They are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherers and...

Sudan Vows to End Child Marriage and Enforce Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

Sudanese authorities have announced they will end child marriage and enforce the country’s ban on female genital mutilation (FGM), in a major step forward...

Netherlands Returns Smuggled 600-year-old Ife Terracotta to Nigeria

The Kingdom of Netherlands on Thursday officially presented a smuggled Ife Terracotta antiquity dated to be at least 600 years old to Nigeria.

More Articles Like This