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Kaduna records 10 cases of wild polio virus

11 September 2012, 13:07

Kaduna -  Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday that 10 cases of wild polio virus were recorded in Birnin Gwari, Ikara, Igabi, Kubau and Zaria local government areas in the last eight months.

The Permanent Secretary in  the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Manya Dogo, confirmed this in Kaduna.

He said that three cases were recorded in Birnin Gwari, three in Ikara, two in Igabi and one each in Kubau and Zaria LGAs after celebrating a three-year free polio period.

The secretary said ``the figure represented 10 per cent of the 70 percent cases recorded in Nigeria as at last week’’.

Dogo attributed the incidents to the influx of migrant nomads from affected contagious neighbouring states.

He added that cases of missed children, cross border migration and lack of cooperation by some parents during immunisation campaigns also contributed to the outbreak.

To redress the situation, he said government had set up a committee under the Deputy Governor Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, to partner with the National Commission for Nomadic Education and neighbouring states, to identify Fulani settlements and cattle routes for the immunisation.

According to him, Sept. 22, has been fixed for the next round of immunisation across the state.

He said the state would organise a border synchronisation campaign with the affected states and the nomads  to ensure that no child was missed during the next exercise.

Dogo said government had scaled up its routine campaign against the disease to prevent further spread of communicable diseases.

He said the measures included intensive public enlightenment, media engagement and the involvement of traditional and religious leaders in the campaign.

Other startegies adopted are the recruitment and deployment of additional medical and health personnel as well as the provision of adequate drugs and vaccines for the exercise.

According to him, the strategies are yielding results as residents are embracing the exercise

``We are now recording fewer cases of victims and deaths resulting from outbreaks or epidemics of wild polio virus and other killer diseases in the state,’’ Dogo said.

He commended Gov. Patrick Yakowa for his political commitment to the healthcare delivery system and the support of technical partners such as WHO, UNICEF and other NGOs.

He commended the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and healthcare personnel for their commitment and dedication.

Dogo advised parents to avail their wards of the immuisation, urging neighbouring states to arrest the spread of wild polio virus.

Nigeria has achieved 95 per cent reduction of polio cases in 2010, according to statistics.



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