Following fresh outbreak of the Wild Polio Virus, WPV, in Gwoza and Jere Local Government Areas of Borno State, the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole has said that the federal government had approved immunisation targeted at 31,540,054 children across the North-East, North-West and North-Central zones of the country.
Adewole also disclosed that in addition to this, a nationwide response to the polio outbreak, at least 56,363,618 children would be vaccinated between October and November this year.
The minister made this known yesterday in Abuja at a press conference on the situation report on the recent Wild Polio Virus outbreak in the country.
He said, “Following confirmation of the outbreak of WPV in Borno State to ensure the containment of all cases and prevent further spread of the polio virus to other states, l have approved the revision of the robust WPV outbreak response plan developed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and its partners.
“The response plan include five rounds of polio campaigns, three of which are focused on 16 northern states and two to be conducted nationwide. These campaigns will be synchronised with the affected regions and provinces in Chad, Niger and Cameroun.”
The minister further informed that government had release N6.7 billion for routine immunisation following the outbreak of the virus and an additional N9.8 billion would soon be released to facilitate the immunisation exercise across the country.
He explained that the reported case in Muna camp in Jere LGA was from a child who had arrived at an Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Maiduguri after trekking for two days, following the provision of an escape corridor by military authorities while the second case was detected in Gwoza LGA, and that health facilities in both local government areas had been destroyed by insurgents and also accessibility was barrier to service.
He further said that vaccination of children had commenced in accessible areas of Gwoza concurrently with active case research, urging the Ministry of Defence to provide security for health workers during house-to-house immunisation.
In addition, he said that adequate supplies of vaccines had been provided at different international port health locations while plans were underway to reinforce and intensify immunisation of intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.