Polio resurfaces in South Sudan, the first since 2009

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Polio has resurfaced in South Sudan. Health officials have reported that at least three children are infected with a polio outbreak. A national health emergency was declared by the South Sudan Health Ministry officials. This is the first time since 2009 (the year when South Sudan was declared polio free) that polio has re-surfaced in the country.

Two girls aged two years, from the regions of Aweil South County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and another girl, aged eight years, in Ikotos county, in Eastern Equatoria, are confirmed to be having polio. The confirmation came from the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi.

The Government and its Health ministry, with support and assistance from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) is jumping into swift action. Polio vaccination camps are planned to be set up in all affected states. A national level campaign is planned in the next three months.

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