In commemoration of the World Polio Day, the World Health Organisation has said that global efforts have achieved over ninety-nine point nine percent decrease in polio cases since 1988.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, who disclosed this in a message to mark the World Polio Day said twenty million children have been spared disability and are walking.
The theme for this year, “World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children”, kicked off with discussions in Geneva between WHO, Rotary International and polio experts, to consider future efforts to continue the decades-long collaboration against polio.
The United Nations body noted that at the end of the first quarter of 2022, WHO announced the successful closure of thirty-two outbreaks in ten countries. However, it said, there are ongoing outbreaks that demand vigilance.
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