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'No record of polio outbreak in Borno'

12 March 2014, 21:40

Abuja - The Borno Commissioner for Health, Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, has said that the state has not recorded any case of poliomyelitis in 2014 in spite of the security challenges.

Anas-kolo said that the state government had strengthened routine immunisation and organised sensitisation programmes to address the problem.

In 2013 the state recorded not less than 10 new cases of poliomyelitis.

"We have put in a lot of efforts in strengthening routine immunisation. We have decentralised and involved community leaders.

"Trained health care workers did a lot of enlightenment campaign; today I can comfortably say we do not even have misconception against polio eradication in Borno state,’’ she said.

She said that the state had not recorded a single case of polio this year because the government institutionalised routine immunisation, as an integral part of child survival service.

"I am glad to mention to you, Borno has launched a child survival package, which is free treatment for children under five years and that has also enhanced immunisation activities.

 "A lot is actually going on positively that has been widely acknowledged by our partners," she said.

Anas-kolo said the state had recruited new health care workers to ensure that women were attended to by skilled birth attendants at both secondary and primary health care facilities.

She said the health workers were doing their best, adding that a year ago the governor launched free maternal health services in all the 27 local government areas.

According to the commissioner, the health sector in Borno is still very functional while a lot of efforts have been made and  will continue.

"We have recently introduced our emergency response services in the state; we have procured about 35 ambulances handled by well trained health workers.

"They promptly evacuate victims of casualties and also ensure they get prompt access to treatment and support.''

She said there were challenges but they did not stop the government from delivering health care services.

 "We have had some health facilities, mainly primary health care facilities affected.

"The family planning and immunisation commodities have been affected but that is very minimal, it has not derailed the progress of the health sector in the state,’’ the commissioner said.

-  NAN

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