Equatorial Guinea, declared free of the wild poliovirus of poliomyelitis

On June 12, the circulation of wild polioviruses of poliomyelitis was declared interrupted in Equatorial Guinea, following a thorough assessment by UN experts and other institutions.

The group of independent experts from different United Nations agencies (World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and other institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention (CDC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)) came to Equatorial Guinea on June 4; they made an assessment through interviews and other checks, and Equatorial Guinea was declared free of wild poliovirus which causes poliomyelitis.

The country was infected from Cameroon in the first quarter of 2015, and had a total of five cases confirmed by laboratories of reference. After declaring that the polio epidemic was a national public health emergency, eight quality campaigns were launched; the epidemiological surveillance system and routine vaccinations were strengthened.

On May 14, during the relaunching of the National Vaccination Campaign against Poliomyelitis, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Juan Ndong Nguema, stressed the importance that the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea gives to the health sector, as cornerstone of human development.

Source: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

You May Also Like