One of the last Polio outbreaks in Cameroon was in 2019 in Mada, Far North Region. The Ministry of public health expressed concerns that the poliovirus type 2 could constitute a public health emergency of international concern.
Launching a 90 days campaign, government encouraged parents to present their kids for vaccination as soon as they could.
One year later, public health Minister, Manaouda Malachie has good news: “I am particularly happy to announce that Cameroon has proudly been certified as a polio-free country. Bravo to the whole team led by Pr Tetaye and to all those who worked for this great victory”.
Minister Manaouda believes this is the start of greater things to come. “… This is only the beginning of good news” he added.
Coming at a time when Cameroon like many other countries is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, it gives hope for the country’s health system.
Transmitted through contaminated water or food, or contact with an infected person, the polio virus may cause paralysis.
Medical experts recommend prevention by vaccine, as treatment can only help but not cure in case of contamination.
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