YANGON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- A high ranking Myanmar health official has urged the public in the country to get their children vaccinated against polio and share the advantages of vaccination.
Speaking at a mass cycling event to mark the 2019 World Polio Day at the Palace Moat in Mandalay city in central region Sunday, Minister of Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe said extra vaccinations were given in August and October to protect children against polio, according to the ministry Monday.
Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung said the cycling event was aimed at increasing awareness of polio eradication among the public.
A total of 800 cyclists participated in the event.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced Myanmar as a polio-free country in 2014. However the polio disease was found again in the country as it failed to give vaccination to the children particularly those in the remote areas.