More than 13 million children have taken polio shots on the first two days of a national campaign to eliminate the disease in Egypt.
This is the second phase in the national campaign in 2021 to administer two-shots polio vaccines to 16.7 million children between the age of one day and 5 years old for free.
About 13.8 million children have so far been jabbed, including 13,447 non-Egyptians, said Health Minister Hala Zayed Tuesday.
The first two days of the campaign covered 84 percent of the targeted population, she noted.
Launched on 28 March, the campaign is expected to last until 31 March in all Egyptian governorates, Zayed said.
Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the campaign, the second this year, is meant to boost societal immunity and maintain an Egypt free of polio.
This is done as a proactive step, especially with the disease reportedly detected in a number of neighboring states and the East Mediterranean region, Megahed added.
The campaign is conducted in line with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s vision to upgrade the health sector and achieve the sustainable development goals, he noted.
Megahed said that 90,000 medical teams are giving the polio vaccination at health offices and medical units and centers.
Mobile teams are also dispatched to major squares and train stations, as well as around mosques, churches, clubs, markets and bus stations, to provide the service for free, the spokesman added.
Medical teams are knocking on doors of villages from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm to guarantee all targeted children get the vaccine, Megahed said.