Smallpox was the talking point at a seminar held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
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Background: Smallpox was the talking point at a seminar held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Health officers from Ethiopia and volunteers from three other countries discussed the work they've been doing over the past year to eradicate the disease. The seminar began on Monday (17 September) and continues for four days.
Ethiopia began an intensive programme to wipe out smallpox in 1971. The programme was part of a wider, international afford to eradicate the disease, and was planned by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Public Health. This year, 67 health officers will be touring the country. Eight of these are volunteer workers from Japan, 21 are from the United States and 3 are from Austria. Their job is to provide a wide and efficient system of reporting outbreaks of smallpox in Ethiopia. They are also responsible for vaccinating children and adults in remote areas, and for fighting outbreaks of the disease when they occur.
The seminar in Addis Ababa was told that there had been a decrease of about 80 per cent in the number of cases of smallpox reported in the last year. In the last three months 678 cases were found, compared with the same period last year, when 3,215 cases were discovered. From the start of 1973, a total of 3,583 cases were reported. The highest incidence of the disease was in Hararghe Province.