new cases of polio were positively identified in Benadir region,
in which Mogadishu is situated, in March and April, lending
a degree of urgency to the three-day WHO and UNICEF polio
vaccination programme completed in Mogadishu on Wednesday,
a UN official told IRIN on Wednesday.
four cases bring to 11 the number of cases in Mogadishu alone
since December, which was quite alarming, the official added.
talks in Merka to explain to elders the seriousness of the
situation, the vaccination programme - targeting 200,000 children
under five years in Mogadishu - went ahead with the full participation
of the community and the agreement of Somalia's clans and
factions, a WHO official added.
proposed to have another round in the Mogadishu vaccination
campaign in June.
working on this week's exercise, supervised by Dr Gianfranco
Rotigliano of UNICEF and Dr Najivullah Mojadidi of WHO, had
enjoyed considerable freedom of movement in the city and enjoyed
the peaceful manner in which the programme was completed,
according to media reports from Somalia.