Somalia Declared Polio Free After No Cases for Three Years

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Sunday August 13, 2017 - 19:37:29 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia Declared Polio Free After No Cases for Three Years

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia and its health partners today celebrated the country's three year polio free status thanks to the joint efforts by the active health workers and organizations involved in the eradication of polio

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Mother and her kid attend the polio free status declaration ceremony in Mogadishu August 13, 2017.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia and its health partners today celebrated the country's three year polio free status thanks to the joint efforts by the active health workers and organizations involved in the eradication of polio from Somalia.
Speaking at the National Polio-Free Anniversary, the president said Somalia has remained free of polio the last three years.
"This news is cause for praise and celebration in Somalia, because Just 3 years ago, we recorded the highest number of new polio cases in the world…now, it's down to zero, thanks to the efforts of the ministry of health and partners.” Farmajo declared.
According to WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, combined efforts and stepped up preventative measures made Somalia to realize the three-year polio free status.
"We need to remember however, that Somalia is at risk of reinfection and we must stay vigilant,” he said.
Somalia stopped endemic poliovirus transmission in 2002 but has been twice affected by importations of the virus. The outbreak that erupted in the Horn of Africa three years ago paralysed close to 200 children. Somalia was at the epicenter and most affected, accounting for more than 90% of these cases.
Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean and President Farmajo hold Polio Free Status Achievement.
WHO record shows the last case of wild polio-virus was found after a child from Hobyo District of Mudug region was paralyzed on 11 August 2014. Since then, no new cases of wild polio-virus have been reported.
Despite claims by President Farmajo that his administration achieved many in developing the national health, there are still realities on the ground. For example all polio cases tests are done in Kenya under the Kenya Medical Research Institute, as the country does not have polio laboratory which, according to health partners hampered the timely and effective response to the emerging health risks countrywide. 

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