Human Rights

No new case of Polio in Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency says there is no new case of Polio Virus in Nigeria since August 2016.

The Agency appealed for effective use of available Primary Healthcare services.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Acting Executive Director of the Agency, Dr Emmanuel Odu urged the citizens to report any case of child with fever and sudden weakness or paralysis of limbs in their communities.

We urge Nigerians to continue to contribute to the survival and development of the children by presenting them for vaccination. We assured all Nigerians that our efforts continue to yield results as we have not recorded any case of polio since August 2016,” the Acting Executive Director said.

Clarifying suspected case

Dr Odu stated that the media briefing was to make clarifications on the report by some sections of the media on the suspected case of Polio in Cross River state.

Features found on this child were not consistent with those of Poliomyelitis; two year-old male child with a history of a deformity (twisted right foot) which was observed at birth for which he was attended by a local bone setter at the age of three weeks. Meanwhile, he had been administered with six doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in his course of life. No recent history of fever, Physical assessment or examination revealed that the sign that suggest complication of Polio Virus infection were not present in this child,” Dr Odu said.

He stated that the Agency had deployed its Technical Team and Development Partner’s Representatives to the community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State where the purported case of polio emanates.

Surveillance system

According to Dr Odu, there is an ongoing effort to quickly detect any child paralysed by polio through effective nationwide surveillance system employed by the government and Partners.

He said the Nigerian Government and Partners would continue to implement immunisation and other Primary Health Care Delivery Services across the country.

Report shows that there is a recent suspected case of Polio on Tuesday January 3, 2017.

Source: Voice of Nigeria