November 2, 2013
Medical units on border crossings to vaccinate children against polio
Damascus, (SANA) – Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef said the ministry has set up medical units on all border crossings to vaccinate children entering and leaving Syria against polio, in sync with the vaccination campaign that was launched inside Syria last month.
10 polio cases have been confirmed in Deir Ezzor province, the minister said.
In a statement to journalists on the outcomes of his participation at the 60th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, the minister said that the ministry has urged international organizations to raise alarm as to the perils of the illegal movement of human groups from polio-affected countries, especially that the virus in the WHO-tested cases in Deir Ezzor was proved to be of a Pakistani origin.
The minister added that it was agreed to conduct vaccination campaigns simultaneously in Syria and other neighboring countries so as to ensure that Syrian children are immunized wherever they are.
The minister added that Syria has requested the international organizations concerned to demand the economic embargo on Syria lifted as it targets the health, food and medicine of the Syrian children.