The second phase of the vaccination campaign against polio wild virus began on Thursday, August 15 throughout the country. The campaign, which will be door-to-door, is for all children from birth to five years. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 17 million children were vaccinated of 152 million expected during the last phase of the vaccination against this disease. The National Director of the Programme Élargi de Vaccination (PEV), Dr. Audry Mulumba, said doses of the vaccine must be repeated several times in order to achieve maximum immunity.
According to Dr. Mulumba, this is the last phase in terms of the national campaign. But whenever a case of wild polio virus is located, he said, the PEV will move expediently to vaccinate children in the area concerned.
Dr. Mulumba also said that vaccinations will continue as long as the monitoring system does not indicate the vaccinations are no longer necessary.
We are in a situation where our routine vaccinations cannot provide enough immunity. It therefore strengthens our cause with these campaigns. In any case, the vaccine against polio is a vaccine that has no danger.
The second phase of the vaccination campaign against wild polio virus is expected to end next Sunday.