Addis Ababa October 01/2013 The Ministry of Health said it has finalized preparation to immunize over 13 million children under the age of five against polio.
In a press conference he gave here Tuesday maternal and child health director with the Ministry, Dr. Tewodros Bekele said the four day campaign will be commenced on 3 October 2013 around the country.
He said the country has planned to immunize under-five children following polio outbreak in neighboring countries.
The Director urged parents, government bodies and NGOs, religious institutes and the media to contribute share for the achievement of the goal.
He said various activities being carried out over the past years towards improving child health enabled the country to minimize child mortality by two third.
Immunization service provided by health extension workers on a regular basis and vaccination campaigns helped the country to reduce child death.
In Ethiopia, 90 percent of under-fives deaths occur due to preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
Ethiopia has been working to reduce under-five mortality rates to 67/1000 live births by 2015 from the 123/1000 live births in 2007/8.
The country has also managed to raise full immunization coverage to 63 percent in 2000EC. from the 30 percent in 1994 with an average 5.17 percent annual increase.