Last updateDim, 25 Jan 2015 7pm

Health: Polio vaccination campaign begins in Libya

Tripoli, Libya - Libya has kick-started a week-long polio vaccination campaign all over the country, in line with instructions given by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The campaign, being held under the supervision of the country’s poliomyelitis centre, targets children from 0 to 5 years.

The campaign, which started on Saturday, aims at consolidating the immunity of children against poliomyelitis, the chief of vaccine service at the disease centre, Abderrahmane Hadeia, told journalists.

The director of the national disease centre, Dr. Bedreddine Béchir Al-Najjar, said the required vaccines have been supplied for the campaign.

He said the centre coordinated several health centres and hospitals in all the regions of the country to mobilise 1,500 medical personnel in a bid to supervise the preventive campaign.

Libya currently has no case of polio, according to Al-Najjar.

However, there are fears that the recent discovery of cases in Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and other countries could reverse Libya's gains, hence the WHO's directive to those countries - including Libya - to carry out a national immunisation campaign.

Pana 17/03/2014