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Polio: LG embarks on weekly immunisation

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012

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GAMAWA Local Government Area of Bauchi State, in conjunction with donor agencies, has introduced weekly immunisation to stem the upsurge of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV), discovered recently in the area.

Mr Emmanuel Katuga, a World Health Organisation consultant in charge of Gamawa, Zaki and Itas Gadau local government areas, made this known on Sunday in a cell-phone interview with newsmen.

He said three WPV cases were detected in Gamawa Local Government Area in April, which he attributed to neglect on the part of immunisation officials.

Katuga said the weekly immunisation was in addition to the national monthly routine immunisation, following the discovery of some WPV cases in the area.

He explained that the measure was to enable immunisation officials to reach out to villages, including Kari-Kacaf, as such communities have not been immunised in the last three years.

The WHO consultant said that the weekly immunisation would be funded by both the state and local government areas, as it was being intensified to ensure that communities were not only immunised against polio but other diseases.

Katuga said the exercise was being supervised by 18 Ward Focal Persons and other officials,  including vaccinators, enumerators, mobilisers and others.

He gave the assurance that the affected areas would be evenly covered, considering the pace at which the immunisation was being carried out.

Category: Bauchi State News

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