The biggest national campaign against poliomyelitis opened throughout the Union of South Africa May 15 - it is entitled "Operation Sugar Lump" since one drop of vaccine is taken on a sugar cube, The campaign is on until May 27.
GV/EXT Poliomyelitis Institute
SV/INT Girls working in laboratory
CU Ditto, vaccine sealed in small phials
GV Africans waiting outside a clinic
CU Young children in queue
SV Lady doctor and African nurse arrange sugar lumps on table
SCU Sugar lumps taken out of bag, placed on tray on table
CU Vaccine dropped onto sugar lumps
SCU African woman receives sugar lump, swallows, walks away
SCU Another ditto
SV Nurse gives baby vaccine with spoon
CU Baby in arms given vaccine on spoon
LV School children walk to table, receive sugar lumps
SV Ditto, receive sugar lumps, walk away
LV Children in queue for sugar lumps
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Background: The biggest national campaign against poliomyelitis opened throughout the Union of South Africa May 15 - it is entitled "Operation Sugar Lump" since one drop of vaccine is taken on a sugar cube, The campaign is on until May 27.
South African health authorities who manufactured the vaccine said the entire population of 15,000,000 could be virtually freed from poliomyelitis. Six million people in the Union are considered susceptible to the disease - whites, coloureds and Asiatics, from three months to forty years of age. For the youngest - the vaccine drop is put on the tongue for swallowing.
Enquiries for this oral vaccine poured in from countries overseas - most countries engaged in poliomyelitis prevention inject a vaccine by needle.