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600,000 targeted in polio campaign

The first round of a polio eradication campaign is set to begin on 18 January and will target the country’s estimated 600,000 children under five years of age, UNICEF told IRIN today. Vaccines, cold boxes and other materials are being distributed throughout the country in preparation for the three-day campaign, while public education activities are underway in the various counties to encourage people to bring their children to the vaccination centres, UNICEF said. The campaign, which will employ some 600 vaccination teams, is coordinated by the Ministry of Health with technical support from UNICEF and WHO. The second round of immunisations is scheduled for 22-24 February, UNICEF added.

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