Lebanon News

Third round of polio vaccine drive kicks off

BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday announced the third phase of a nationwide campaign to vaccinate children in Lebanon against polio. 

“Following advice from the national committee on fighting polio, the Health Ministry decided to organize this national campaign that seeks to provide vaccination for all children aged between 1 and 5 regardless of whether they have been previously vaccinated,” Abu Faour said. 

The six-day round of free vaccination, the third in a period of five months, will start on March 10. The campaign was launched after 25 polio cases were verified in Syria. 

The previous phases took place in November and December. The minister estimated that more than 600 Lebanese children would receive the vaccination. 

Palestinian and Syrian children will also be vaccinated, he said. Families will be asked to accompany their children to the closest medical center while UNICEF will handle the vaccination of Syrian refugee children. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 05, 2014, on page 4.




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