One boy's battle back from mysterious polio-like illness

2020-02-21 18:45

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is an illness that leads to sudden arm or leg weakness, and it can affect reflexes, cause difficulty swallowing and breathing.

Niger launches mass polio vaccination drive

2018-10-27 14:05

Niger has launched a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting more than three million children under five after new cases were detected, an official says.

Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication

2018-04-16 19:01

Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists are hampering global fight to eradicate polio, leaving children vulnerable to an entirely preventable disease.

WHO confirms 3rd case of polio in Nigeria

2016-09-05 14:24

Rotary Club says the World Health Organisation is confirming a third case of polio in Nigeria: a crippled toddler found in an area newly liberated from Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

Nigeria's urgent polio vaccination drive targets 25 million

2016-09-03 19:00

An emergency polio vaccination campaign aimed at reaching 25 million children this year has begun in parts of Nigeria newly freed from Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

New polio outbreak threatens Nigeria’s steady march to eradication

2016-08-16 17:03

After accounting for more than 50% of all polio cases worldwide, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in 2015. The emergence of two new cases of polio has signaled a setback for the country that aimed to be polio free by 2017.

Pakistan reports significant progress against polio

2016-05-31 11:41

According to a Pakistani official negative polio samples represent a significant achievement, but complete eradication of the disease would require more consistent efforts.

We need new vaccines if we want to eradicate polio

2015-10-28 09:42

A World Health Organisation expert panel has called for a shift in the kinds of vaccines used to fight polio, insisting full eradication of the crippling disease is within reach.

WHO takes Nigeria off list of polio-endemic countries

2015-09-26 11:43

The World Health Organisation took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a "historic achievement" more than a year after the last recorded case of the disease in Africa's most populous nation.

The rollback of polio in Africa is a powerful symbol of progress

2015-08-12 16:26

Africa has not recorded any new cases of polio for a year marking a remarkable achievement, but the UN warned that it was not the end point yet for the crippling virus.


Freeze-dried vaccine may help rid world of polio

2018-12-03 07:07

If a drug or vaccine isn't stable enough to be transported, it's of no use to anyone.

Over five million children get polio vaccines in Niger

2018-04-17 19:06

More than five million children were vaccinated against polio in Niger last month, the UN says, adding that the number was higher than the target.

Nigeria administers polio vaccines at military checkpoints

2016-09-24 19:00

Health officials in eastern Nigeria say they have started to administer polio vaccines to children at military checkpoints in an attempt to stop the spread of the crippling disease.

Nigeria's urgent polio vaccination drive targets 25 million

2016-09-05 10:16

After two polio cases in Nigeria, a new vaccination campaign aims to reach millions of children.

Nigerians determined to eradicate polio

2016-08-24 12:30

The re-emergence of polio is a setback, but Nigerians are determined to work with their neighbours to ensure that the current outbreak is stopped quickly.

New polio outbreak slows Nigeria’s march to eradication

2016-08-16 09:56

Recently two new cases of polio were reported in Nigeria. This is a setback for a country that aimed to achieve polio free status by 2017.

End of polio in sight as Nigeria celebrates one year polio-free

2016-05-24 07:37

Nigeria has been free from polio for the last year as a result of a successful vaccination drive - a significant accomplishment in the global effort to eradicate the highly infectious virus.

Nigeria revels in removal from list of polio-endemic nations

2015-09-26 18:33

Nigeria celebrated the announcement by the UN health agency that polio is no longer endemic in the country.

Nigerian leader canvasses efforts for polio-free status

2015-09-01 15:17

President Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigeria to continue efforts to win certification as a polio-free country by 2017 after recording its last case in July last year, his office says.

Africa celebrates one year without polio

2015-08-12 15:59

Africa has marked one year since the last case of recorded polio, with the UN celebrating a key step towards eradicating the disease.

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