Liberian Health Authority Identifies 5 Counties As Polio “High Risk”

Five counties are at “high risk” of polio due to their failure to vaccinate the stipulated 95 percent of children targeted in the first round of the polio integrated campaign early this year, a Ministry of Health finding has revealed.

The five, which are among a total of 10 counties at risk, according to National EPI Manager Mary Momolu, are Montserrado, Lofa, Margibi, Bomi and Sinoe counties.

Momolu told the Ministry of Information news conferenceThursday that the other five, classified as “moderate risk”, are Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Kru, Nimba and Maryland counties.

She observed that the “high risk” counties are being given “special attention” and additional resources, in terms of human and information, education and communication (IEC), have been allocated to improve the vaccination coverage rate in the current campaign.

The campaign runs from October 23-26 nationwide.

She added that during the campaign, the vaccinators will reach out to all homes through door-to-door visits in all 15 counties.

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