About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

EU 'Ready to Increase Assistance' If Syria Polio Outbreak Confirmed

by Bidita Debnath on October 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Font : A-A+

 EU 'Ready to Increase Assistance' If Syria Polio Outbreak Confirmed

If an outbreak of polio is confirmed in war-ravaged Syria, the European Union said that it was ready to increase assistance to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

UN agencies are stepping up efforts to vaccinate children in Syria against a host of diseases and the WHO has received reports of 22 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), possibly caused by the poliovirus.

Advertisement

If so these would be the first cases in Syria since 1999.

"The situation is extremely worrying given the present security situation and the problems with access to those who will need to be vaccinated," said the EU's Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
Advertisement

"The European Union is prepared for such an eventuality," she said in a statement, noting that the 28-nation bloc has committed 13.5 million euros ($18.6 million) to the WHO since the beginning of the Syrian crisis and "we stand ready to do more if needed."

Overall, the EU has offered around two billion euros in aid since the conflict in Syria first erupted in March 2011.

The commissioner said she was in contact with the WHO epidemiology surveillance unit based in Amman, awaiting news on the cases.

"The EU hopes that we can nip this potential polio resurgence in the bud and spare the Syrian people from yet another source of suffering," she said.

The highly infectious disease affects mainly children under five and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. Some cases can be fatal.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
Printed Temperature Sensors help with Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Health Benefits of Giloy
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Poliomyelitis Hypermobility Syndrome 

Recommended Reading
Poliomyelitis
Polio is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus. It results in paralysis and generally ......
Sudanese Government Allows Polio Vaccine in Troubled States
The world body revealed that the Sudanese government has agreed to let United Nations workers ......
UN Steps Up Polio Vaccination Attempts in Syria
UN agencies are stepping up their attempts to encourage vaccination in children in Syria against ......
Polio: Better Community Engagement and Stronger Health Systems Need of the Hour
Two articles call for a shift away from the leader-centric approach that polio eradication ......
Hypermobility Syndrome
Hypermobility Syndrome is a condition in which a person can move his joints far beyond the normal .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use