A local polio vaccination campaign has been launched today the 17th of September 2016 in all the health districts of Cameroon’s five regions sharing borders with Nigeria. The campaign scheduled to run till 19th September 2016 follows a recent announcement from the World Health Organisation of a third case of polio in neighbouring Nigeria.
The five regions concerned with the campaign include: the Far North, North, Adamawa, West and North West Regions. The campaign comes at a time when Cameroon has made strides in its fight against polio with the introduction of an injectable vaccine in July 2015 to gradually replace the oral one.
In 2015, Cameroon was declared a non-exporter of the wild polio virus hence. However, with a consortium of crime syndicates passing for a nation known as Nigeria, this campaign is necessary to maintain the status of an “affected” rather than an “exporter” nation.