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Lagos records zero case of polio since April 2009

By  Chioma Obinna
Renewed efforts to kick polio out of the Nigeria appears to be yielding results as no case of polio has been recorded in the last one in Lagos State even as 4,683 health personnel have been trained on new challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery as part of strategies to scale up efforts to bridge the gap between local health professionals and their counterparts abroad.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who disclosed this during the 2010 annual press briefing of the State Ministry of Health said the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has acknowledged this success in immunisation.

Idris who spoke during commemoration of the third year of the Governor, Babatunde Fashola administration noted that the success recorded from April 2009 to date was a result the State’s renewed and aggressive drive to eradicate communicable diseases from the State.

Former First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu administering Oral Polio Vaccine to a child in Lagos.

He said a stakeholders’ forum on the poliomyelitis eradication initiative was hosted by Fashola and that immunisation activities at the border and communities ensured reduction of the underserved and

missed children during both blitz and routine immunisation programmes.

Idris stressed that the success recorded from April 2009 to date were as a result the State’s renewed and aggressive drive to eradicate poliomyelitis and other communicable diseases from the State.

He said: “As new challenges and opportunities emerge, the required quality of health service delivery can only be ensured if we keep health workers well equipped with updated information and skills.

Though this takes a considerable investment of time and money, a strong human infrastructure is sine quo non to closing the gap between the promise and the realisation of improving the health indices of residents.”

Lamenting the huge burden of malaria on individuals and the economy, he said the State government was adopting malaria control methods in advanced economies and in places like the Panama Canal, in addition to interventions adopted to reduce morbidity and mortality duet to malaria are integrated vector control, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy and adequate case management.

On the 2009 health budget in the State, he explained that the ministry attained 70 per cent performance on the 2008t budget and that N10.7 billion had been earmarked for capital projects for the on going year.

“We were given N10.7 billion because we have decided not to embark on new projects but to complete all on going projects in the health sector. Ayinke House is receiving full attention for rehabilitation.”

He also announced that plans are underway to rehabilitate the Infections Disease Control Hospital on the mainland.


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