400,000 Children in Idleb Province Received Polio Vaccinations in 2017

Campaign headed by the Free Health Directorate aims to stamp out the disease throughout rebel-held province

The director of the Free Idleb Health Directorate said on Thursday that over 400,000 children aged between 1 day and 5 years had benefited from the last oral vaccination campaign in 2017 against polio.

The directorate said in a statement that the number of children benefiting in each district was: 62,220 in Maarat al-Nouman; 55,853 east of Maarat al-Nouman; 54,059 in Arihah; 51,315 in Atmeh; 34,717 in Harem; 57,411 in Idleb city; 28,389 in Jisr al-Shughour; and 65,502 in Saraqeb.

The directorate said that in cooperation with the Syrian Immunization Group it had launched over the last year three rounds of oral vaccination and a single round of muscular vaccination against polio.

The Free Idleb Health Directorate opened last year a number of vaccination centers, two of them in Idleb city, in cooperation with the Syrian Immunization Group, which works on vaccinating children through roving teams in villages and towns.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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