June 14, 2009

Who records 14 new Polio cases in Yobe

Damaturu—THE World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Yobe, Dr Isa Adamu, has said that 14 new cases of polio has been reported in 10 out of the 17 local government areas of the state.

Adamu, who spoke with newsmen yesterday in Damaturu, listed affected areas to include Fune, Gujba, Nguru, Potiskum, Gulani and Bade.

Others included Jakusko, Nangere, Yunusari and Bursari.

He disclosed that there was trans-border threat, but explained that the border local governments of Machina, Yunusari and Yusufari has met with the border communities of Niger Republic and conducted a synchronised vaccination.

“Similarly, we also have threats from neighbouring states like Jigawa and other local governments within Yobe, which have not participated fully in the four rounds of the vaccination,” Adamu said.

The WHO representative lauded communities in Niger for supporting Nigeria’s effort to fight the scourge.

“The general apathy, with parents refusing to present their children, has greatly changed. They are now cooperating and willingly presenting their children for vaccination,” he said.