Polio Outbreak: Adamawa records 4 new cases in 2 LGAs Adamawa
State Government on Monday said the state has recorded four new cases of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (CVDPV).
This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency Dr Sulaiman Bashir in Yola, the state capital
According to him, the new cases are coming after Nigeria was certified a wild polio-free nation on Aug. 25, 2020, by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Bashir said “Although, 99.9 per cent of Polio has been wiped out with the oral polio vaccine. In rare cases when enough children are not reached, other forms of the virus will continue to circulate.” Sadly, four cases of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus type 2 ( CVDPV) were reported in Adamawa, One case in Gombi and 3 cases in Yola South Local Government Areas,” he said.
Bashir said to overcome the problem, two rounds of polio vaccination campaign which included outbreak response with the NOPV2 vaccine were conducted in the state.
He also said a rapid response unit has been put in place to help curtail the circulation of all forms of polioviruses in the state.
Bashir reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to continue working with stakeholders at all levels to ensure the vaccination of every child in the state.
Responding, Dr Semeeh Omoleke, Coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Adamawa state, also reaffirmed that Nigeria was certified free of wild poliovirus.
“Nigeria is currently facing outbreaks of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus and four cases were confirmed in Adamawa.
“The current situation calls for collective actions by the government at all levels and Health Development partners”.