The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced that, at the conclusion of a three-day nation-wide campaign to vaccinate children against poliomyelitis, over 16 million children were vaccinated. The campaign ran from 11 to 14 February, and immunised 16,342,692 children against the disease.
Khaled Megahed, spokesperson of the ministry, said that the campaign targeted children aged 1 day to 5 years, Egyptian and non-Egyptian residing in Egypt. Dr Megahed said that 17,597 non-Egyptian children were vaccinated.
The last case of polio was detected in Egypt in 2004. In 2006, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Egypt polio-free.
18 February 2018