Opening the campaign against polio, the provincial health delegate of Guéra, Dr. Anigué Iré Diane, said that she aims to ensure collective immunity in children from 0 to 59 months against polio.
Polio is a very contagious disease that paralyzes children. Only vaccination can protect and spare children against its magnitude.
“Do not hesitate to do this duty on behalf of our children. The polio vaccine is certified by the WHO and does not present any danger”, hammered Dr. Anigué Iré Diane. To succeed in this campaign, she says she relies more on parents, administrative authorities, customaries, nuns and health workers.
The province of Guera has an estimated population of 726,119 inhabitants, including 187,602 children aged 0 to 59 months to be vaccinated. To reach this target, 1332 vaccinators and 239 supervisors are mobilized for the seven districts and the 86 health centers in Guera.
With regard to social mobilization, 240 town criers and 240 mobilizing relays will roam the towns, villages and railroads to announce the passage of vaccinators who will be deployed from door to door for this vaccination campaign which is absolutely free.
Yanick wevo, WHO representative, said that this polio vaccination campaign is organized as a prevention of polio epidemics that persist in the sub-region and put the country at risk.
Chad has been declared by the WHO a “Polio free country” since June 30, 2016. However, since 2019 we have seen the circulation of the derivative poliovirus (cVDPV-2) with nine cases identified in 2019 and 101 cases. in 2020 including three environmental.
Officially launching the campaign to fight polio, the secretary general of Guera province, Djerambeté Dingamyo, recalled that polio is a disease that kills children or cripples them for the rest of their lives. For him, the disease is preventable with vaccination.