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National poliomyelitis vaccination campaign to be launched 15 March

Libya will launch a one-week nationwide poliomyelitis vaccination campaign from 15 March, the director of the national disease centre, Dr. Bedreddine Béchir al-Najjar, said here Saturday.

'The centre has taken all the measures needed to supply the quantities of vaccines for the campaign, which targets children from birth to pre-school age.' said Dr. al-Najjar in an interview with the the Libyan news agency.

He said that the Centre worked together with several health centres and hospitals from all regions of the country to mobilize 1,500 medical teams which will supervise the  campaign aimed at eradicating the disease in Libya.

Dr. AlNajjar urged parents to take their children to the centres to have them vaccinated.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Libya does not have any case of poliomyelitis, one of the most dangerous diseases in the world.

However, Dr. al-Najjar warned that poliomyelitis could return to Libya after the discovery of several cases in Egypt, Syria and Pakistan.

Experts say that the current security situation in Libya, particularly in Benghazi, where the revolution that toppled the regime of Mouammar Kadhafi began in 2011, could hamper  the vaccination campaign.

During the 20 February vote for the constitution-drafting commission several cities did not also take part in the polls because of violence.

Pana 09/03/2014