Polio scare in Imo over Boko Haram returnees

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

There is Poliomyelitis scare in Imo State following the continuing massive return of Imo indigenes from the northern states, due to insecurity exacerbated by Boko Haram insurgency and killings.

Joe Obi Njoku, Imo State commissioner for Health, who confirmed the wild polio virus scare in the state, said, although the state has been polio free since 2005, “the massive return of Imo indigenes from the North due to Boko Haram issues is a thing of concern.”

He said at Nnenasa, headquarters of Njaba Local Government Area of the state that, because of the polio scare the state has insisted that, “every child no matter where he/she may be in the state should be reached and immunised to avoid the spread of this disease to others.”

Njoku said, although all the 121 reported cases of polio in Nigeria by December 2012, were domiciled in the Northern states, the massive influx of people (especially fleeing Imo indigenes and other Nigerians) from that part of the country, into the state calls for caution; hence the statewide immunisation exercise.

The health commissioner posited that, to effectively implement the immunisation exercise, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Imo State Ministry of Health and collaborating agencies have recruited, trained and deployed facilitators and monitors to each of the 27 LGAs of the state.

Meanwhile, directors of administration and general services (DAGS) who are currently in charge at the local government councils in the state, are to ensure the councils’ health departments carried out regular routine immunisation, by providing of transportation and monthly imprests to the health department.

Health experts however said, with a good routine immunisation in the state, implementation of campaigns with its associated high costs will no longer be necessary.

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