Benin declared polio free

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Benin has been declared free of the deadly autochthonous polio virus on the basis of a number of basic assessment criteria, the country’s health ministry indicated in a statement released on Thursday. polio
The statement said the results were announced during the 13th meeting of a Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication in Africa, held between June 2-4 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s capital.
To achieve these results, the statement said, Benin conducted 45 rounds of national anti-polio vaccination days between 1996 and 2014, during which millions of children aged between zero and five years received the polio vaccine.
“The strategy used during the national vaccination days against polio was that of door-to-door since 2000. In addition, Benin participated in national vaccination days that were synchronized with the neighbouring countries,” the statement said.
However, the Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication in Africa noted that Benin which no longer has a case of the deadly polio virus, should improve the routine vaccination campaigns and reinforce epidemiological surveillance activities. Enditem

-Xinhua

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