ByÂ Ikechukwu NnochiriÂ & Chinyere Amalu
Enuguâ€”Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Uche Uzochukwu has applauded the introduction of the new bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine, OPV, in the ongoing first round National Immunization Plus Days, NIPDS, in the state, noting that it was the only way of ensuring that children below five years of age are properly immunized against the deadly type 1 and type 2 wild poliovirus cases recently discovered in the country.
The wild polio virus according to medical experts is tenacious and could circulate very quickly in un-immunized children, causing lifelong paralysis.
The first NIPDs of 2010 was marked at the weekend, as the country tries to vaccinate more than 40 million children under five between 30 January and February 2.
Only about 388 polio cases were recorded in the country last year with majority of the victims coming from the Northern region. The Commissioner enjoined parents in the state to ensure that their wards were vaccinated during the NIPDS exercise.