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The recent introduction of new childhood vaccines in South Africa has cut the number of children under five suffering from life-threatening pneumonia by 70%, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Parliament on Tuesday.
South Africa has been officially declared free of the preventable, but incurable, childhood disease of polio.
South Africa has not registered a new polio case since 1992, and aims to be declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation by the end of 2005. Parents are urged to have their children inoculated against the disease - and to do so in good time.