Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine UN  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 02/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - AFP) Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday.Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, while a similar campaign in Lebanon will start on March 9, the UN Children's Fund Unicef said in a statement."Polio does not respect borders," said Ala Alwan, World Health Organisation regional director for the eastern Mediterranean."The detection of polio in Syria is not Syria's problem alone, but one requiring a regional response. The safety of children across the Middle East relies on us being able to put a stop to polio in Syria."Preliminary evidence suggests the virus in this outbreak -- and also polio samples found in sewage in Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- came from Pakistan, one of the disease's last bastions.The Syrian Ministry of Health said in October that polio had returned to the country for the first time in almost 15 years."We need to get two drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of every child under the age of five, regardless of their previous immunisation history, every time there is a campaign," Khouzama al-Rasheed, a medical worker at a health centre in rural Damascus, was quoted as saying in the statement.Inside Syria, the campaign is targeting 1.6 million children with vaccines against polio, measles, mumps and rubella,Seven countries across the Middle East are planning to vaccinate more than 22 million children multiple times over six months, in the region's largest-ever coordinated immunisation plan, said UNICEF."To vaccinate so many children in different countries is a huge undertaking," said Maria Calivis, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. "Each country faces its own set of challenges in order to make the campaign effective -- above all in Syria -- but this is the only way we can ensure children across the region are properly protected against this terrible disease."


 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 1 2015 - HE Al Mahmoud Meets Croatian Deputy Premier and Interior MinisterQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud met Sunday with visiting Croatia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the ...

 Feb 1 2015 - QNA Organizes Training Course on Media Law and CopyrightsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Qatar News Agency will organize Monday a training course entitled "Introduction to Media Law and Copyrights". The training course comes in the framework of a series of courses ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Fire Near NablusQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager and injured another near Nablus late Saturday, local sources said. The sources said the soldiers killed Ahmad Ibrahim Najjar, ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Israeli Forces Open Fire at Palestinian Farmers in Khan YounisQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The Israeli Army opened fire against Palestinian farmers this morning near the border fence in the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis. Sources said that the Israeli Occupation Forces ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Ooredoo's net profit up 14.5 percent in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) Omani-Qatari Telecomm-unication Company SAOG (Ooredoo) posted a net profit of USD98.18 million for the financial year ending December 31, up 14.5 percent on-year, Oman Observer reported.The ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Bahrain, Sudan to discuss trade tiesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is hosting a meeting with a business delegation from Sudan led by Minister of Investments, Gulf Daily News reported.The delegation comprises ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Zain Bahrain posts net profit of USD10.9m in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) Zain Bahrain's total revenues in 2014 hit USD190.5 million, down 8.1 percent on the previous year's USD207.1 million, Gulf Daily News reported.EBITDA for the period registered USD71.09 ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Kuwait's human rights briefing received positively by UNHRCKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The periodical review of the human rights situation in Kuwait had been well received by the UN Human Rights Council.In his speech to the session on the UNHCR ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Kuwait Airways .. 60 years of successful servicesKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The beginning of Kuwait's economic development came with the first oil export back in 1946, followed by an era where a number of prominent projects were executed, ...

 Feb 1 2015 - Kuwaiti crude up 79 cents to USD 42.54 pbKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The price of Kuwaiti crude oil went up by 79 cents on Friday reaching USD 42.54 per barrel compared to USD 41.75 per barrel the earlier day, said Kuwait Petroleum ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help