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Lebanon launches third round
of polio vaccinations

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour. (Dalati & Nohra)

BEIRUT - Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abou Faour launched on Monday the third round of the country’s polio vaccinations campaign started following an outbreak of the contagious disease in neighboring Syria.

 

“Abou Faour launched the third round of a polio vaccinations campaign by vaccinating a number of children in the Karagheusian center in Beirut’s Bourj Hammoud,” the National News Agency reported.

 

Abou Faour said the campaign was launched in Bourj Hammoud because of the eastern Beirut area’s “diversity as well as the large number of poor people in the neighborhood.”

 

The minister called on all parents to vaccinate their children who are under the age of five regardless of previous polio vaccinations.

 

Middle East countries in recent months have launched a new campaign to immunize children against polio after a recent outbreak of the crippling disease in Syria.

 

The UN in November announced efforts to coordinate a massive polio vaccination campaign in the Middle East to immunize over 20 million children.

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour (C) speaks during a Monday press conference. (Dalati &Nohra)

The minister called on all parents to vaccinate their children who are under the age of five.