World heads closer to target of eliminating polio; Somalia declared free of polio
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 14-Aug-2017

Mogadishu, August 14: According to the latest report by WHO, Somalia has witnessed zero polio case in last three years. That is why it has been declared a polio free country. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo praised efforts by the Ministry of Health and partners, UNICEF and WHO to eradicate polio from Somalia.

On Sunday, the nation celebrated National Polio-Free Anniversary. “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,” said President Farmajo.

Somalia recorded the last case of polio in 2014. But though now its polio free, it remains vulnerable. Hence it needs to continue its vaccination campaign. Now many countries in the World is polio free and we are heading towards a polio-free world. Hence in the countries that have high risk of polio importation like Somalia needs more alertness.

“Two drops of vaccine is all it takes to protect against polio……just two drops, I call on all our mothers and parents to make sure that health officials and paramedics are welcomed..and allow our children to be vaccinated against polio," Somali President said.