Nigeria moves to contain new polio incidence

 By Rafat Salami, Abuja

FILE-- In this file photo dated Wednesday April 24, 2013, a Somali child receives a polio vaccine, at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. In an announcement Monday May 5, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect other countries with the crippling disease and could ultimately unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate it, describing the ongoing polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an "extraordinary event" requiring a coordinated international response.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, FILE)

The Health ministry in Nigeria is planning to deploy vaccinators to the north eastern part, to contain the new outbreak of Polio virus, a disease that causes paralysis in children under the age of five.

The minister of health, Professor Isaac confirmed the new cases of Polio, one in Gwoza and the other in Jere, both in Borno state in Northeast Nigeria which was the first incidence after two years.

Professor Adewole told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the ministry was holding consultative meetings and would deploy vaccinators to the area within the next 48 hours.

“It is unfortunate. It has set us back but i can assure the nation that we will do everything possible o get on top of the situation. We are meeting again today (Thursday), we met yesterday (Wednesday) evening to look at the situation. We are drawing up an emergency plan and in the next 48 hours we are dispatching a team there and we are going to start immunisation. We do 3 rounds of special immunisation campaigns to make sure we contain the situation”, he said.

Professor Isaac said the outbreak Polio in that area of the country was not surprising as the insurgency had made access to many villages in the north east very difficult.

The World Health Organisation had on 25th September, 2015 declared that Nigeria was no longer Polio endemic having stayed without any new case since July 2014.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had announced last year that the spread of Polio was an international public health emergency that threatens to infect other countries with the cripling disease and could ultimately unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate it.

It described the ongoing Polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as “an extraordinary” event requiring a coordinated international response.

 

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