Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500 CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Best of CapeTalk
22:00 - 00:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
See full line-up
Best of CapeTalk
22:00 - 00:00
Home
arrow_forward
Africa

'An achievement for Africa' as Continent declared free of wild polio

26 August 2020 3:01 PM
Tags:
WHO
Africa
Polio
Vaccination
Polio vaccine drive
nicd
Dr Melinda Suchard
wild polio

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday declared that Africa is now free from wild polio.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the announcement is a medical victory for the Continent.

Dr. Melinda Suchard, who heads the NICD's Centre for Vaccines and Immunology, says this milestone is thanks to decades-long work to eradicate the virus around the world.

Dr. Melinda Suchard says Africa has invested in successful polio surveillance over the last 30 years.

As a result, millions of children have been saved from the crippling life-long paralysis caused by the disease.

The news comes a few years after the last polio cases were reported in Nigeria after a major resurgence in the West African country.

Dr. Suchard says ongoing polio vaccination is vital in order to avoid any future outbreak.

There was a lot of advocacy and high-level engagement to ensure that Nigeria became free of the wild poliovirus.

Dr. Melinda Suchard, Head Of the Centre For Vaccines & Immunology - NICD

This landmark occasion really celebrates the achievement of Africa.

Dr. Melinda Suchard, Head Of the Centre For Vaccines & Immunology - NICD

It can cause death by paralysing respiratory muscles in the chest. Polio strikes suddenly.

Dr. Melinda Suchard, Head Of the Centre For Vaccines & Immunology - NICD

The virus can cause asymptomatic or silent infection or it can cause an acute onset of paralysis, which often involves one limb, but can affect the whole body.

Dr. Melinda Suchard, Head Of the Centre For Vaccines & Immunology - NICD

Listen to the discussion on Lunch with Pippa Hudson:


26 August 2020 3:01 PM
Tags:
WHO
Africa
Polio
Vaccination
Polio vaccine drive
nicd
Dr Melinda Suchard
wild polio

More from Africa

Nigeria flag nigerian 123rf 123rfAfrica 123rfBusiness

Nigerian protesters say disbanding of controversial SARS police squad not enough

13 October 2020 2:56 PM

Protesters in Nigeria have vowed to keep up the pressure until authorities make concrete plans for extensive police reform in the Western African nation.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

clowns-without-borders-sajpg

Clowns Without Borders: Helping kids in crisis to just be kids again

9 October 2020 4:02 PM

Suzan Eriksson (CWB SA) talks about using laughter and play to help the children and communities who need it most.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

34a6f903-dbf4-452f-ad0a-f42d2e32ec46.jpg

Vodacom to fight back after Lesotho revokes its operating license

8 October 2020 8:28 PM

Why is Lesotho trying to shut down its biggest mobile operator? Bruce Whitfield speaks to TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Zimbabwe map flag 123rfpolitics 123rf

Zim's proposed Patriot Bill 'an attempt to silence dissent' - Human Rights Watch

5 October 2020 2:48 PM

Zimbabwe’s government wants to make it a criminal offence for citizens to criticise the state or hold meetings with foreign governments without approval.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Skyscrapers CBD Johannesburg 123rf 123rfbusiness

Long-term investment case for property in Africa remains intact

24 September 2020 1:38 PM

There’ll be many opportunities for frontier investors in the coming years, says Absa's Somaya Joshua.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

absa-5jpg

Demand for commodities used in lowering carbon emissions will certainly increase

18 September 2020 12:06 PM

There’s an inevitability to it – these commodities (such as vanadium, if the tech improves) have a bright future ahead of them.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Boy hands tied up rope kidnap child abuse hostage violence trafficking 123rf

Nigerian court sentences 13-year-old boy to 10 years in jail for blasphemy

17 September 2020 1:28 PM

"He was having an arguing with a friend and uttered some blasphemy," reports Africa correspondent JJ Cornish.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

absa-3jpg

Resource firms and funders are increasingly transparent about carbon emissions

16 September 2020 3:38 PM

The Paris Agreement forces companies and lenders to be responsible and to consider the climate in their operations.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

less-riskyjpg

It’s slowly but surely getting less risky to fund mining in Africa

15 September 2020 1:17 PM

Many countries on the Continent are increasingly providing investors with the stability and regulatory certainty they seek.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

absa-insights-thumbnail-wide-article-1jpg

Commodities – with notable exceptions – are having a great year

14 September 2020 2:53 PM

Supply/demand fundamentals are looking good, for now. Absa Corporate and Investment Banking provides a view on 2020 and beyond.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward