UNICEF gears up to vaccinate 41 million children after polio outbreak

UN News Centre | 11 October 2016 | 0 comments

More than 41 million children are expected to get vaccinations against polio as part of a major new health campaign by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Lake Chad basin, aimed at the recent outbreak of polio in north-east Nigeria.

At the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva today, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac expressed major concerns regarding the re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after two years of no recorded cases, stating that populations fleeing conflict have been on the move within the sub-region, which raises concerns that the virus could spread across borders.

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