SEA/RC58/9 - Polio eradication: final strategy
AbstractThe Tenth Meeting of Health Secretaries of countries of the SEA Region, held in Dhaka on 3-4 July 2005, deliberated, among other subjects, on Polio eradication: Final strategy, which is also an Agenda item of the fifty-eighth session of the Regional Committee. The background document (SEA/HSM/Meet.10/5) prepared for the meeting is attached. During its deliberations, the Meeting of Health Secretaries discussed the status of polio eradication in the SEA Region and the final strategies necessary to attain the final goal. Member States recognized the need for regional solidarity and the need to work together to eradicate polio and maintain their polio-free status, given that some Member States were at a more advanced stage than others in their capacity to maintain polio-free status. Member States reaffirmed their commitment to eradicating polio and the final strategies, including verification of eradication and eventual cessation of OPV use in routine immunization. Nonetheless, Member States expressed concern about the potential for importation and the threat that this represented to their polio-free status. They acknowledged the importance of maintaining high immunization coverage levels, improving sanitation, maintaining high AFP surveillance sensitivity and being prepared for outbreak detection and response. The meeting recommended that Member States should make every effort to interrupt the final chains of indigenous and imported wild-type poliovirus transmission. In addition, in order to maintain their polio-free status, countries should ensure that adequate resources are provided for increasing and maintaining high routine OPV3 coverage and highly sensitive AFP surveillance. Finally, Member States should start the process of developing their national long-term routine immunization policy for the post-polio era. The Agenda item is now submitted to the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). SEA/RC58/9 - Polio eradication: final strategy. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128764