Delta State Records First Polio Case This Year – Facilitator

Miss Nina Akporiaye, the Technical Immunisation Facilitator for the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta, says a case of poliomyelitis has been reported in the state..

Akporiaye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Warri that the poliomyelitis case was reported in the Bomadi Local Government Area this year.

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“A confirmed and recorded case of wild polio virus has been reported in the state this year,” she said.

The facilitator said the state government had been “very serious” about its immunisation programme and added that the new case had added more aggressiveness to the current round of National Immunisation Plus Days.

She said that in the last immunisation exercise, “we immunised as many as 82,895 children under-five years in Warri South alone”.

Akporiaye said the local government council had 10 immunisation wards that cut across the riverside and land communities in the area.

Strategies, she said, had been mapped out to increase the number of immunised children and ensure the eradication of polio in the area.

According to her, “in these four days of the programme, we expect every care giver and mother in the state to bring children that are under five years for immunisation.

“The immunisation workers will move from house to house, to schools, churches and in transit points to make sure every child is reached.

“We are fighting against polio. Polio must be eradicated from Warri South and Delta as a whole; there is no over-dose in polio vaccines.

“We have booster doses for every round. Believe me, there is polio in Delta. I think Delta is the only state that has a new case of polio in the country this year.

“That is why we are just on our toes to make sure that every child is protected; we want the children protected.”

Akporiaye also said that measures had been put in place in the case of non-compliance by mothers through an intervention strategy.(NAN)