Africa celebrates one year without polio: UN

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Africa celebrates one year without polio: UN by: Associated Free Press – August 12, 2015 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 49 Views   no discussions Share In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013 photo, Somali vaccination workers give an anti-polio drop to a child. (AP Photo).MOGADISHU, Somalia (AFP) – Africa has marked one year since the last case of recorded polio, with the United Nations celebrating Wednesday a key step towards eradicating the disease.The last recorded case on the continent was in Somalia on August 11, 2014, although health officials must wait two more years before declaring the continent free from the highly infectious, crippling virus.The UN children’s agency UNICEF, which plays a key role in polio vaccinations, called it an “extraordinary achievement” but warned it was “not an end point”.Success depends on the continuation of vaccination campaigns and close monitoring of possible cases, it said.“We have had no new cases for a year despite all the challenges in the country,” UNICEF’s chief for Somalia Steven Lauwerier told AFP on Wednesday.“We never want to see another Somali child being paralysed by this preventable virus. That means we need to continue to support the vaccination campaigns to ensure polio is completely eradicated.”Nigeria marked one year since its last recorded case of polio in July. It is one of only three countries — along with Pakistan and Afghanistan — where the virus remains endemic.Nigerian health ministry spokesman Dan Nwomen said Wednesday said the anniversary was “welcome” but stressed the “momentum should be sustained” through improved immunisation campaigns.“Globally, we are on the verge of totally eradicating a disease for only the second time in history,” UNICEF polio chief Peter Crowley said, referring to the elimination of smallpox.– ‘Africa now on track’ –The rollback of polio is “a powerful symbol of the progress that has been made on the African continent over the past generation,” Crowley said.A polio-free Africa would leave only Pakistan and Afghanistan where the disease had not been wiped out, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which said the one-year mark was a key signal of the “important progress toward eradication”.However, it has also warned there may have been cases that had gone unrecorded in Africa.Polio is easily prevented through a vaccine, but there is no cure. Transmitted from person-to-person, often through faeces, it mainly affects children under five.Initial symptoms can include fever and pains in the limbs, and can lead to permanent paralysis.“With Africa now on track, we are left with only two countries where polio transmission has never been interrupted: Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Crowley added.“Here too, despite enormous challenges, communities, governments and partners are working with courage and determination to end polio once and for all.”last_img read more

Rising Sun Turf Club meet shifted to July 9

first_imgAS a result of the current heavy rainfall, the Rising Sun Turf Club has shifted last Sunday’s race meet to June 9.According to information from the organising committee, continuous rainfall over the past week has left the track soggy and unfit for racing.Close to 55 horses have registered for the meet which will see over $4M up for grabs.The feature event is for horses classified G class and Lower over a distance of one mile for a top prize of $300 000. The runner-up will take home $150 000, and third prize $75 000.Other events listed for the day are: I class and Three-year-olds Guyana-bred, J1 and Lower, K and Lower, L1 and Lower, and L 2, and Unclassified.For further information interested persons can make contact with Cynthia Kelly on 622 5975, Compton Sancho on 691 1174, Fazal Habibulla on 657 7010 or Niketa Ross on 662 4668.last_img read more

Lazio player channels his inner Suarez; sent off for biting opponent’s arm [VIDEO]

first_imgMove over Luis Suarez, there’s a new biter in town.Lazio defender Patric was sent off for biting an opponent in a Serie A game on Tuesday.Patric was captured sinking his teeth into the arm of Lecce player Guilo Donati.The referee did not see the incident but sent off Patric after a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).There are suggestions that Patric could face a lengthy ban, particularly due to the strict COVID-19 protocols the players are expected to adhere to.Second-placed Lazio who has been seriously challenging Juventus for the title prior to the lockdown have fallen off the pace since the resumption of the season.They are now seven points of the top having won just two out of their five matches since the restart, including last night’s 2-1 loss to Lecce.Take a look at a video of the incident and the reaction on social media below.last_img read more


first_imgA Kerrykeel couple have so far raised a whopping €13,000 for charity with their amazing Christmas lights.Michael and Mary Whoriskey have been busy setting up hundreds of Christmas lights at their home since October! But now their dedication and hard-work is paying off after hundreds of people called to their homes to see the fantastic festive lights.The couple will leave the lights up until January and all the money raised with go directly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin. KERRYKEEL COUPLE ‘LIGHT UP’ THE LIVES OF SICK CHILDREN was last modified: December 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsKERRYKEELMICHALE AND MARY WHORISKEYlast_img read more