Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar announced on Tuesday that a nationwide free polio vaccination campaign for children across the country will run from March 27-30.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar — the ministry’s official spokesman — said the campaign aims to vaccinate all children — Egyptian and foreign — between the ages of one day and five years old living in the country.
The campaign will include 45,000 medical teams comprising 90,000 members trained at the highest level in addition to management teams at all levels of the ministry, health directorates, departments and medical districts.
He further explained that the vaccinations will be carried out by fixed teams in the country’s health offices, units and medical centers, in addition to gathering places, markets, main squares, train stations, bus stops. , metro stations and shopping malls.
In addition, the head of the preventive medicine sector, Amr Kandil, noted that the campaign will also go door-to-door in all governorates, villages and remote areas.
He added that the campaign is carried out with the participation and cooperation of all parties concerned, including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Al-Azhar to facilitate vaccination in kindergartens and nurseries.
The ministry of endowments and churches will also be included in the campaign to sensitize citizens and ensure 100% coverage of children targeted by the campaign in all governorates.
Kandil called on all families to go to the nearest national polio vaccination campaign team to get their children vaccinated to keep them healthy and prevent them from contracting the disease.
He also stressed that vaccinations are safe and free, emphasizing the need to consider all prevention and precautionary measures against the coronavirus when carrying out campaign work.
The last recorded case of polio in Egypt was in 2004, according to the World Health Organization.
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