Wednesday, October 24, 2007

World Polio Day - towards a polio-free world...

Today is Wednesday.
Vaccination day in the outpatient clinic.
A day to focus on prevention rather than cure.
One of the diseases targeted is polio.

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious viral disease.
Mainly affecting young children.
In some cases children are left paralyzed.
This is permanent.

There is no cure.
Only prevention.

October 24 is World Polio Day.
Marking the birth of Salk.
Leader of the team that invented a polio vaccine in 1955.
In 1988 Sabin developed an oral polio vaccine.
This is what we’re using today.
It has reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

Polio cases are at an all-time low in West Africa.
However, 90% of the world’s polio cases are still found in Africa.
There is still a global push to eradicate the poliovirus.
We are joining in the fight.
“Kick polio out of Sierra Leone”

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