According to World Health Organization (WHO), two fresh cases of poliomyelitis were reported one from Lower Juba and another from Mudug region, in southern Somalia and northeastern Somalia respectively. These regions, with security-related restrictions, present a risk to neighbouring countries.
The cases also threaten the progress made in Mogadishu, formerly the epicentre of the outbreak which has affected a total of 199 children to date, but which appears to be on the decline in the city.
AdvertisementA nation-wide polio vaccination campaign is to be launched on 26 March and aims to vaccine 1.4 million children in an effort to halt further spread of the virus and protect the gains made in Mogadishu.
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