Khartoum allows polio vaccine in troubled states
AFPUNITED NATIONS--The Sudanese government has agreed to let United Nations workers vaccinate tens of thousands of children against polio in the violence-wracked South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the world body said Thursday.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ali al-Zaatari said the vaccination campaign would begin on Nov. 5.
Although Sudan was recently declared polio free, the virus has reappeared in east Africa.
South Kordofan and Blue Nile are of “particular concern,” the United Nations said, because no polio vaccination programs have taken place in areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) since the rebels and the Sudanese government went to war in 2011.