Lagos - A large-scale immunisation exercise
is underway after Nigeria declared a national emergency following the
re-emergence of polio.
More than 850 000 children have been immunised during the
The country is both oral and inactivated polio vaccines.
With the help of Rotary and polio partners, the
immunization campaign is aimed at reaching 60 million children by December.
Health minister, Isaac Adewole, said Nigeria was
determined to rid the West African country of polio again.
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New cases, coming a year after Nigeria was announced as
polio-free and removed from affected countries, recently landed Nigeria back on
the list where the disease is endemic.
The three cases were detected in the northern Borno
State, which was under the control of Boko Haram militants until recently.
“The new cases devastated us. Even one case is
unacceptable,” said Adewole.
He encouraged sustained efforts, including domestic and
international financing, commitment of health workers and strategies that reach
missed children for Nigeria to be removed from the polio list again.
Government has allocated US$300 million (N94 billion) for
the emergency response.
- CAJ News