Following the discovery of circulating poliovirus strains in the South-Western Nigeria state, a very worried Lagos State Government has promptly swung into action to remedy the situation, and, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has started Polio Outbreak Response (OBR) Campaign in all nooks and crannies of the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB), Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
Nigeria had been certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free on August 25, 2020, after three consecutive years of reporting no case of WPV.
However, according to Mustafa, said some countries still transmitted the wild polio variant, which he noted had been on increase in some states across Nigeria due to low routine immunisation coverage.
He further noted that the campaign was necessary to prevent a setback in the country’s laudable achievements, and critical to maintain the country’s polio-free status, following the certification received in August 2020.
He explained that the campaign will take place between Saturday, January 21 and Tuesday, 24 in all local government areas and local council development areas of the state.
“The campaign aims to vaccinate all children, aged 0 to five years, with two drops of the oral polio vaccine, regardless of their previous vaccination status to prevent poliomyelitis that may result in paralysis of the limbs or death,” Mustafa said.
He said that vaccination teams would visit residential homes, schools, churches, mosques, gated estates, and all public places where eligible children could be found.
“In view of this, we solicit all parents, guardians, community leaders, pastors and imams to ensure that all eligible children are vaccinated during the campaign in all our communities,” he said.
Mustafa added that routine immunisation services would be available at the primary health centres during the campaign.
He advised that all children under the age of two years must complete their routine immunisation as scheduled, saying that immunisation was effective, safe and free.
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