Fresh polio cases detected in Nigeria

Two fresh infections of wild polio virus have
emerged in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno, threatening the country’s progress toward a polio free status.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole,
yesterday, confirmed an outbreak of wild polio virus, WPV, in Borno State. This comes after Nigeria celebrated two years without a case of polio. Local online newspaper.

PALM reports that the Federal Government has directed the deployment of a national emergency response team, comprising government and partners to Borno State for immediate and robust polio vaccination campaign targeting vulnerable children to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to the minister, the outbreak affected two children from Gwoza and Jere Local Government areas of the state.

He attributed the discovery and confirmation of the outbreak to the country’s strengthened surveillance due to improved accessibility made possible by the recent military action in liberating
more communities in the North-Eastern part of the country.

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