Africa makes progress in fighting polio

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A child receives the polio vaccine from a vaccination team in the Al Salam IDP camp, North Darfur, Sudan

African countries have made progress in combating polio, a disease that affects mainly children under five years of age and leads to irreversible paralysis.

That's according to Dr. Richard Mihigo, the Programme Manager for Routine Immunization and New Vaccines Introduction at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa.

Dr. Mihigo is attending the Third African Regional Conference on Immunization in Windhoek, Namibia on Monday, with a focus on polio eradication.

"We only have one endemic country in the region which is Nigeria, which means that it has never stopped transmission of endemic wild polio. However, when we look at even Nigeria, the situation in 2009 and 2010 compared to today, there was also a dramatic reduction of polio cases in Nigeria over the past 24 months."

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