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Gombe records fresh cases of polio virus

Gombe – Two fresh cases of polio virus have been confirmed in Funakaye and Yamaltu/Deba Local Government area of Gombe State in addition to the seven recorded earlier in the year.

Dr Bashir Abba, WHO Coordinator in Gombe, said the discovery brought to nine the number of cases detected in the state this year.

Abba, who spoke yesterday in Gombe, blamed the problem on the negligence of the ad hoc staff.

“Ad hoc staff normally increase the number of children immunised and they don’t revisit houses in case the children were not around the time they went there. There is the need to revisit,” he said.

Abba also blamed the re-emergence of the polio virus on the attitude of some parents who allegedly refused to allow their children to be vaccinated.

The coordinator said some cases had been recorded in some of the states sharing a common boundary with Gombe, raising the possibility ofa spill-over.

According to him, where a case is detected, it means there are 200 other cases undetected.

He urged civil society organisations to assist in checking the virus, saying with their participation, people would be convinced and allow their children to be immunised.


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