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Nigeria to track down polio with the help of technology

20 November 2013, 13:13

Abuja - The use of new technology is helping Nigeria win the war against polio, according to Techmoran.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Nigeria has made progress in the eradication of polio as figures show a drop in the number of cases.

Phone tracking of volunteers that administer the vaccine has helped find areas that the vaccine has not reached. The use of new technology to follow up on polio is sponsored by the Gates foundation and is the brainchild of World Health Organization (WHO).

Kano State is one of the states highly targeted out of the high risk areas in eight northern states due suspicious beliefs about immunization.

According to Health24,  polio is caused by a virus belonging to the family Picornaviridae.

Polio remains a serious public health threat in the developing world. Despite a global vaccination campaign by the WHO, there are still pockets of the disease in a few countries in Asia and Africa where there is cultural or political resistance to vaccination, or where vaccination programmes have broken down due to war or other upheaval.

Read more at Techmoran


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