• Short Summary

    Under the direction of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Smallpox held a three-day meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which opened on Tuesday (23 March)
    Delegates from the 15 countries which constitute West Africa, together with experts from the United States, Asia and Europe participated in the conference, which was chaired by Ivory Coast Minister of State, Monsieur August Denise.

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    Under the direction of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Smallpox held a three-day meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which opened on Tuesday (23 March)
    Delegates from the 15 countries which constitute West Africa, together with experts from the United States, Asia and Europe participated in the conference, which was chaired by Ivory Coast Minister of State, Monsieur August Denise.

    In his speech Monsieur Denise told the conference that between 1960 and 1975 16,000,000 people in the Ivory Coast had been vaccinated against smallpox and that the results of this programme had been very encouraging. Since 1967, he said, not a single case of smallpox had been reported and after systematic investigation in many areas it could now be said that the Ivory Coast is free from the Disease.

    In Africa, at the beginning of 1975, smallpox appeared to be limited to Ethiopia and, except for East Africa, no cases had been reported for more than two years.

    WHO said it was time to start assembling data and to undertake studies in parts of Africa where no cases had been reported for four years to prepare for the certification of eradication.

    The main reason for starting the programme of certification in West Africa was that no case of smallpox had been notified for more than four years. The last case appeared in June 1970 in Nigeria.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8BVMWLYPNXLXARX07IZBMDUHZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BVMWLYPNXLXARX07IZBMDUHZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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