UN, WHO launch polio vaccinations for Mideast children
BEIRUT (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WTO) and UNICEF have launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria, they announced on Monday.
The campaign will be largest-ever immunisation response in the region, WHO and the UN children's fund said in a joint statement.
WHO has said the vaccinations would take place in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Turkey.
Syrian refugees fleeing their country's conflict have taken shelter in surrounding states, particularly Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.