Forty-first session

WPR/RC41.R5

Eradication of Poliomyelitis in the Region

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolution WPR/RC39.R15, which committed the Western Pacific Region to eradication of poliomyelitis by the year 1995;

         Having reviewed the progress made towards poliomyelitis eradication;*

         Appreciating the accomplishments of the programme to date;

         Recognizing, however, that pockets of low immunization coverage still exist and that outbreaks still occur;

  1. URGES Member States in which there has been no recent indigenous transmission of wild poliovirus to maintain this advantage and make their technical expertise, resources and support available to countries still working to achieve zero incidence;
  2. URGES all Member States in which poliomyelitis is still endemic:
    (1) to achieve and maintain high immunization coverage against poliomyelitis, eliminating all pockets of low coverage;
    (2) to intensify surveillance to ensure prompt identification, investigation and control of cases;
    (3) to strengthen national reporting systems at all levels;
  3. THANKS the many partners already collaborating in the Expanded Programme on Immunization and providing substantial resources, especially UNICEF, Rotary International and the governments of Australia and Japan, and requests them to continue their support;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to further strengthen technical cooperation with Member States to achieve poliomyelitis eradication;
    (2) to seek the additional resources required to support these activities;
    (3) to report annually on progress to the Regional Committee.

* WPR/RC41/7

12 September 1990


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