Kathmandu, November 17:

The Australian government is providing US$ 210,000 to respond to the re-emergence of wild poliovirus in Nepal. An agreement in this connection was signed by Graeme Lade, the Australian ambassador to Nepal and the acting WHO representative to Nepal at UN House in Kathmandu.

“The assistance will be used for the procurement of 1,556,400 doses of oral polio vaccines to be used during the third round of National Immunisation days scheduled for December 23-24,” stated a press release issued by the Australian embassy today. “As a response to detection of wild poliovirus, since September 2005, Nepal carried out three rounds of mopping up activities in each affected district and its four surrounding districts and two rounds of sub-national Immunisation days in 24 high-risk districts,” according to the statement.