The first reports received from day one, from 18 out of the 19 directorates of health show that 921,384 (18%) children out of the total target were reached and vaccinated.
Advocacy and awareness activities were conducted, and in all Directorates of Health the campaign was either inaugurated by the governor or the Director General of health in the presence of the WHO focal point.
For the first time since 2003, all health centers have been able to deploy house to house vaccinators teams. Safe passage of vaccinators in all targeted areas was granted. Acceptance rate by families and local communities was excellent and no serious incident was reported.
The heavy rains in some areas in the south made access to certain areas rather difficult and micro plans were changed accordingly.
On Saturday 25 October, WHO held a meeting with His Excellency the Iraqi Minister of health in Amman where was discussed the polio situation in the region. The main recommendations made underline that NIDs will continue until the routine infant immunization coverage reaches the critical level of 90 per cent. Consequently, two more rounds of NIDs will take place early in the spring 2009.