The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is targeting to vaccinate about 7.5 million children during its nationwide polio eradication programme scheduled to hold between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28.
A statement by the WHO Resident Media Officer in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Kone Souleymane, said the exercise targets children between the ages of zero to five years.
“For the third time this year, two drops of oral polio, vitamin A and de-worming tablet will be administered to children across the country,’’ the statement said.
It called on parents to make their children and wards available for the exercise in the interest of their health.
The statement said that a total of 222 technicians and experts have been mobilised to ensure the success of the exercise in all parts of the country.
“ In addition to human resources, WHO has provided 153 vehicles to carry personnel and vaccination materials to the regions.’’
The statement said that the essence of the exercise was to stop transmission of wild polio virus in the country by the end of 2014.
It said that Cote d’Ivoire had recorded huge success in the fight against polio following the massive turnout of people during vaccination exercises.