By: Yusuf M Hasan
LAS-ANOD (Somalilandsun) – Residents of Sool region are for the first time fully participating in a nationwide vaccination campaign for polio.
The six days nationwide polio vaccination campaign which for the first time also sees adults swallow a dose was officially kicked off in Hargeisa by the Somaliland President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo who together with first lady Amina Weris and Vice president Abdirahman Sayli were vaccinated at the presidency on 19th October 2013.
At Las Anod town the regional capital of Sool region Medical and Regional authorities together with traditional leaders launched the campaign at the local council’s meeting hall where residents were briefed on reasons and benefits of the vaccination thus pledges for full participation.
Apart from the regional governor and Mayor of Las Anod town other speakers at the polio vaccination campaign launched included the Nugaal University Vice Chancellor Prof Abdirizaq Lafoole, Sool Regional Medical officer of health Dr Muse Gelle Mahmud and Community leader Ms Halima Hasan Ali Ugasoo.
As a show of confidence in the vaccine all the assembled leaders fro regional and district levels at the Las Anod Council meeting hall were vaccinated.
A similar exercise took off successfully at nearby Buhodle district under the watchful eye of health minister Dr Suleiman Isse ‘Hagaltosie