Forty-second session

WPR/RC42.R3

Eradication of Poliomyelitis in the Region

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolutions WPR/RC39.R15 and WPR/RC41.R5, which call for the eradication of poliomyelitis in the Western Pacific Region by the year 1995;

         Noting the progress made during the last year towards achieving the goal of eradication in the Region, as detailed in document WPR/RC42/6;

         Appreciating the efforts of the countries in which poliomyelitis cases still occur to strengthen their poliomyelitis eradication activities;

         Recognizing, however, that the number of poliomyelitis cases in the Region actually increased in each of the last two years, and that more intensive surveillance and immunization activities are needed to eradicate poliomyelitis, both in the countries currently reporting cases and in those which are not;

         Aware of the need to overcome constraints in the areas of vaccine supply and human and financial resources;

         Emphasizing the need for increased investment if poliomyelitis eradication and full immunization coverage are to be achieved and sustained;

  1. REAFFIRMS that poliomyelitis eradication in the Western Pacific Region by 1995 is feasible and will benefit all Member States;
  2. URGES all Member States, including those classified as poliomyelitis-free:
    (1) to increase and sustain their routine immunization coverage with all the EPI vaccines, particularly poliovirus vaccine, while also carrying out supplementary immunization activities where these are called for;
    (2) to complete their poliomyelitis surveillance systems and increase their reliability to ensure that all poliomyelitis cases are promptly reported and investigated, and reports on status are regularly submitted to the WHO Regional Office;
    (3) to make the utmost effort to achieve eradication, as outlined in the Regional Plan of Action;
    (4) to strengthen interagency coordination so as to make optimal use of limited resources;
    (5) to provide additional resources for EPI and for poliomyelitis eradication at both national and international levels;
  3. THANKS the many partners who have continued to collaborate in the EPI and poliomyelitis eradication efforts, contributing to the progress achieved so far;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to continue to strengthen technical cooperation with Member States to achieve full immunization coverage and poliomyelitis eradication;
    (2) to make every effort, in collaboration with all partners concerned, to mobilize further resources to support these activities, especially in the area of vaccine supply.

12 September 1991


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