Botswana vaccinates 370,000 children against polio – official
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Botswana vaccinates 370,000 children against polio – official

Authorities from Botswana’s Ministry of Health and Wellness, on Friday, said they vaccinated 370,000 children aged seven years and below, against poliovirus type 2 (cVOPV2).

Christopher Nyanga, the ministry spokesperson, said the vaccination campaigns ran from Feb. 23 to April 2 in all districts across the southern African country.

“Health officials detected the cVOPV2 in one sewage site in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, late last year.

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“They reported four positive samples in 2022 and one in 2023.

“Our goal is to ensure vaccines reach every child and to leave no one behind,” Nyanga said.

With no report of new incidents detection, Nyanga expressed confidence that the vaccination exercise has managed to prevent the spread of the virus to vulnerable children. (Xinhua)


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