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9 polio cases recorded in four states

28 March 2013, 15:03

Sokoto - The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says nine cases of wild polio virus have been recorded in four states and FCT in the last three months.

Dr Ado Mohammed, the Executive Secretary told newsmen in Sokoto shortly after the 2013 First Quarter meeting of Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care delivery.

Mohammed said that the cases were recorded from January this year to date.

He listed the affected states as Nasarrawa, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and the FCT.

He said that there was, however, a remarkable reduction in the number of the cases compared to the 29 recorded during the same period in 2012.

"Even in the hitherto sanctuaries of the cases, progress had been achieved. This is courtesy of the involvement of the traditional rulers actively in the fight against polio.

"Efforts are on also to provide plausible solutions to some of the formidable security challenges affecting the polio campaign in some parts of Nigeria.

"We are engaging the traditional rulers and religious leaders as well as all the stakeholders in finding solutions to the problem,’’ Mohammed said.

According to him, the agency is strengthening routine immunisation while other ailments like measles and malaria will be included in its activities.

"The agency will continue to also partner all the security agencies and security cover will henceforth be given to polio vaccinators across the country," he added.

Mohammed announced that the Federal Government had set up a local target for the country to totally interrupt the wild polio virus by the end of this year.

"This is against the international target of 2015 and President Goodluck Jonathan is religiously committed to achieving this target by the end of 2013," he said.


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