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More than 30,000 children immunised against polio in Mogadishu

 

More than 30,000 children were immunised against polio in a three-day campaign in the Somali capital, a doctor told AFP here Tuesday.

The campaign, spearheaded by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), was launched at the weekend.

"The medical people, assisted by community members, went from house to house and knocking on doors to immunise the children against polio," Ahmed Ali Abdullahi said.

Mogadishu elders said UNICEF operations have been crucial for Somali women and children in the absence of adequate public health facilities throughout the country since the government collapsed following the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

 


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