Namibia polio-free: MoHSS

15 Apr 2014 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services says Namibia has now reached polio-free status, as outbreaks have been eradicated countrywide.
The Director of Primary Health-Care, Maggy Nghatanga said during a media briefing on Monday that the MoHSS has managed to control the outbreaks through the process of monitoring the viral illness by collecting stools and continuing with immunisation campaigns during the births of children.
As a result of the continuation of these immunisation campaigns, the occurrence of polio is barely seen.
Furthermore, 94 per cent of children were vaccinated against polio in all 14 regions in 2013.
Nghatanga noted that no single case of polio-related illnesses have been recorded this year, but the ministry is nonetheless not resting on their laurels, and will continue whenever new babies arrive.
According to the MoHSS, the last outbreak of polio in Namibia was recorded in 2006.
Over the past year, 89 per cent of children were also immunised against tetanus, while 84 per cent of children were immunised against measles countrywide.