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Escalation of the polio emergency in the Region is addressed in the Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean

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Muscat, Oman, 30 October 2013 – The Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean concluded its work in Muscat by considering several resolutions proposed by Member States to address priority health issues of concern to the Region.

One of the resolutions addressed the escalation of the polio emergency in the Region, declaring the circulation of poliovirus in the Region as an emergency for all Member States. It called on Pakistan to take necessary steps to ensure all children were assessed and vaccinated as a matter of utmost emergency to prevent further international spread and requested the Syrian Arab Republic and adjoining countries to coordinate, and if possible, to synchronize, intensified mass vaccination campaigns using the most appropriate tactics and vaccines to interrupt this new outbreak within six months.

Resolution on polio

EM/RC60/R.3: Escalating poliomyelitis emergency in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

 

Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2017–2018

Country

P1 Total

2017 

Afghanistan

14 14

Pakistan

8 8

Total 2017

22 22

2018 (with data up to 16/12/2018)

Afghanistan

21 21

Pakistan

8 8

Total 2018

29 29

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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