Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh
Over 900,000 Children Receive Polio Vaccine In Liberia
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, October 20 (LINA) – An authority of the Ministry of Health has disclosed that about 910,379 children between the ages zero to five years received polio vaccine during the third round of the polio vaccination exercise.
Making the disclosure to journalists at the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, said the number represents 96 percent of the total number of 945,464 targeted for the exercise.
Kateh revealed that vaccinators did 98 percent work in Bomi, 107 percent in Margibi, 94 percent in Montserrado and 82 percent in Grand Gedeh counties, which, he claimed, were among the counties that did well during the exercise.
He, however, blamed the drop in the percentage for Grand Gedeh County to the deplorable road condition in the county, especially the road leading to Konobo, one of its major and populated districts.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kateh hoped that the fourth and final round of the polio vaccination exercise, which runs from October 28-31 will meet its 100 percent targeted number.
He then thanked healthcare workers and other vaccinators who went the extra mile by going into remote areas to ensure that the lives of children across the country are saved.