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Borno State is polio reservoir, says NPHCDA

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ByVictoria OJEME
Even as the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), began its s nationwide oral polio vaccination campaign weekend, experts identified Borno state as a poliovirus reservoir, saying it deserved special attention. It noted that the State now has the highest transmission of polio in the country.

This observation by NPHCDA Nigeria polio alert, stated that a new wild poliovirus case was confirmed in the State, from paralysis of a four-year-old boy in Bolori 11 ward of Maiduguri Local Government Area.

The alert stated: “This is the fourth type 1 wild poliovirus case in Borno this year and experts now consider Borno State a poliovirus reservoir. This is the 11th case of wild poliovirus in Nigeria in 2010, compared with 388 total cases for 2009.”

The incidence of polio has reduced 98 percent since 2009, but this recent opportunity to make history during our anniversary year. If every child under five is reached in every community, Nigerians can achieve a polio-free country. In order to succeed, all Nigerians must work together.”

NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr Muhammad Ali Pate assured that the polio vaccine would be delivered house-to-house during the campaign, but that families can also benefit from additional vaccinations, de-worming, ante-natal care and other health promotion activities.

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