Region celebrates 25 years of polio eradication

| 04/09/2019
Cayman News Service
Polio is a debilitating disease

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands has been free from Polio for more than six decades, since 1957, and boast 93% vaccination coverage, according to the Public Health Department. In 1994, the Americas, including Cayman, was the first region in the world to be certified as Polio free and is now celebrating 25 years of Certification of Polio Elimination. Currently, only Afghanistan and Pakistan still have new cases of polio and the goal of a Polio free world is in sight.

Dr John Lee, Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health, said, “The Public Health Department is tasked with the surveillance and prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases; this is a sign of a job well done. Their hard work and diligence has greatly helped to ensure the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands.”

As part of the effort to maintain Cayman’s Polio free status the Public Health Department includes, as part of their vaccination schedule, IPV (the inactivated polio vaccine) given to infants at two, four and six months of age. 

“Polio is a debilitating and often fatal viral illness and we are proud to celebrate 62 Polio free years.  The Cayman Islands, through the Public Health Department, maintains a robust vaccination schedule with a coverage rate of 95% for most vaccines. We encourage residents to continue to do their part to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases,” added Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Medical Officer of Health.

According to the Polio Global Eradication Initiative, certification of Polio elimination is “conducted on a regional basis. Each region can consider certification only when all countries in the area demonstrate the absence of wild poliovirus transmission for at least three consecutive years in the presence of certification standard surveillance.”

For more information, call the Public Health Department on 244-2889 or 244-2621 or Faith Hospital on 948-2243.

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