What it took to draw a line under a polio outbreak in Sudan – GPEI – Global Polio Eradication Initiative

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Weighing in on this milestone, senior experts in WHO’s polio eradication programme, including
Dr Hamid Jafari, WHO Director for Polio Eradication in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and Dr Ni’ma Saeed Abid, WHO Representative to Sudan, lauded public health officials and immunization health workers on the ground for their swift response to the outbreak.
They reiterated the importance of maintaining sensitive AFP surveillance, ensuring better outbreak preparedness and response, enhancing coverage of essential immunization, and strengthening cross-border coordination. This is crucial given Sudan remains at high risk of importation of polioviruses.

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