Insecurity halts polio immunization in Côte d'Ivoire

polio vaccination

polio vaccination

Efforts to immunize children against a form of polio that has reappeared in Côte d'Ivoire after more than a decade, are being hampered by the volatile security situation.

 The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the general security situation continues to improve in most of the country.

 However OCHA adds, fighting continues in the neighbourhoods of Abidjan and in the western parts of Côte d'Ivoire.

 Martin Nesirky is a UN spokesman.

 "Tensions also persist in the southwest, where weeks of clashes have uprooted people and prevented aid agencies from delivering life-saving assistance, according to the UN Children's Fund. The volatile security situation has already halted an immunization campaign to halt the spread of a form of polio which has not been reported in the country in more than a decade."

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