Angola has set a remarkable example combating polio: Ban

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Secretary-General administers polio vaccine in Angola

In 2001, Angola had a polio free country, something the UN Secretary-General lauded.

But the virus returned to Angola four years ago and now Ban Ki-moon says Polio eradication must be treated as a public health emergency.

On Monday, the Secretary-General helped launch an eradication campaign at a Polio Vaccination Health Post in Luanda.

"We have to keep tracking the situation so we can respond quickly to any signs of re-infection. We have to immunize every child against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. We have to do everything possible to reach every Angolan child, with the help of their parents. And we have to improve the water supply and create a clean environment and strong surveillance system to quickly detect any polio case."

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has taken India off their polio-endemic list. The only countries that remain are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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