LUSAKA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Zambia has vaccinated about 4.5 million children under five years against polio following an oral vaccination drive launched in March this year, a senior government official said on Monday.
Sylvia Masebo, the Minister of Health, said the ministry was happy with the response from parents to the program which was launched as a preventive measure following an outbreak of polio in neighboring Malawi.
She said the program, which was initially launched in three of the country's provinces at high risk, was later extended to all provinces covering all the 116 districts.
"Let me hasten to say thank you to the parents for cooperating with our call for protecting our children. And thank you also to the health teams who managed to cover the entire country," she said in a statement.
Masebo said the ministry will conduct another nationwide campaign toward the end of this month to ensure that the country was barricaded against the threat of polio.