Edo state to include NTDs treatment in polio vaccination
The Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA) says the prevention and treatment of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) will be included in the second round of Oral Polio vaccination in the state.
The Health Education Officer, EDSPHCDA, Mrs Irene Uabor, disclosed this during the Social Mobilization Committee Stakeholders meeting for the second round of polio vaccination in the state on Thursday in Benin.
Uabor said NTDs drugs (tablets) would be given to children in the six endemic local government areas of
the state. She listed the areas as Akoko Edo, Owan East, Owan West, Ovia North East, Ovia South West and Uhunmwonde.
She added that the tablets would be given against NTDs like river blindness, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths (parasitic worms).
She also revealed that the second round of the polio vaccination for children under five years would commence on Nov 11 and run till Nov. 16.
Mr Valentine Eruaga, the Director, Essential Drugs and Logistics, commended the state’s performance in the first
round of the oral polio vaccination. He said that the achievement was made possible by all stakeholders, and called for more support in the second round of the exercise.