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Africa Declared Free Of Wild Polio In ‘Milestone’

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Africa Declared Free Of Wild Polio In 'Milestone'

Finally, the Africa Regional Certification Commission has on Tuesday declared Africa free from wild polio, which usually affects children under five years old, it sometimes leads to irreversible paralysis.

Nigeria is the last African country to be declared free from the disease, having accounted for more than half of all global cases shorter than a decade ago.

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Now, the disease is only found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Africa is today being declared free of the last remaining strain of wild polio virus by the independent body.

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More than 95% of Africa’s population has now been immunized. The commission says that was one of the conditions before declaring the continent free from wild polio.

Twenty-five years ago thousands of children in Africa were paralyzed by the virus. Two of three wild polio virus strains have been eradicated worldwide.

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The polio vaccine protects children for life as there is no cure for the disease. Death can occur when breathing muscles are affected by the paralysis.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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