Thirty-ninth session


Regional Eradication of Poliomyelitis by 1995

         The Regional Committee,

         Noting resolution WHA41.28 on the global eradication of poliomyelitis by the year 2000;

         Appreciating the rapid progress being made by the Expanded Programme on Immunization in the Western Pacific Region, as evidenced by the fact that coverage of children under one year of age by the third dose of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine is over 70%;

         Confident that coverage will continue to rise and will be sustained;

         Aware that poliomyelitis is one of the target diseases most amenable to eradication;

  1. DECIDES that in the Western Pacific Region of WHO the utmost effort will be made to eradicate poliomyelitis by the year 1995;
  2. EMPHASIZES that activities for the eradication of poliomyelitis should be pursued in ways that strengthen the Expanded Programme on Immunization, fostering its contribution to development of the health infrastructure and of primary health care;
  3. URGES Member States:
    (1) to formulate plans for eliminating the indigenous transmission of wild poliomyelitis virus strains in ways that strengthen and sustain their national immunization programmes;
    (2) to intensify active surveillance so that cases of poliomyelitis are identified and investigated promptly;
    (3) to institute containment activities and the timely reporting of cases at national and international levels;
  4. THANKS the many partners already collaborating in the Expanded Programme on Immunization, especially UNICEF, for their overall efforts, requesting them to continue their support for national activities aimed at the eradication of poliomyelitis;
  5. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to strengthen regional technical capacities in order to be able to respond better to requests from governments for collaboration in:
    (a) strengthening planning, training and supervision within national immunization programmes and undertaking country-specific evaluation to facilitate corrective action towards achieving the goal of eradicating poliomyelitis;
    (b) improving national disease surveillance systems to permit the rapid investigation, control and confirmation of the clinical diagnosis of cases of poliomyelitis;
    (c) strengthening laboratory services for confirmation of the clinical diagnosis of poliomyelitis;
    (d) improving the quality control of vaccines;
    (2) to seek the additional extrabudgetary resources required to support these activities;
    (3) to report on progress to the Regional Committee in 1990.

16 September 1988

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