#Interview Why Borno State had fresh polio outbreak
The Federal Government of Nigeria recently confime the outbreak of wild polio virus in Borno State, which has affected two children from Gwoza and Jere Local Government Areas (LGA) of the State.
Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, who confirmed the cases, described it is an unfortunate development.
The country was recently removed from the list of polio burden nation and was waiting till next year to be certified polio-free but this development, which many have attributed to the low immunisation in the last few months, may affect the country’s chances of being certified polio free by 2017.
Adewole, however, assured the country that the government was on top of the situation, adding that an emergency plan would be marshaled out in 48 hours.
According to the World Health Organisation, by end of the first day, a total of 201,290 children were vaccinated with 662 receiving their zero or first time oral polio vaccine polio (OPV) dose. A breakdown of the figures revealed that 23,435 children with 232 zero-dose were vaccinated in accessible areas of Gwoza; 10,402 children with 20 zero-dose in Mafa; 47,625 children with 154 zero-dose in Jere while MMC had the highest number of vaccinated children at 119,828, among which 268 are zero-dose.
A total of 999,956 are targeted to be vaccinated during the immediate OBR round of the polio vaccination campaign.
The Borno State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammed Bulama spoke on the situation when he visited the Oak TV studio in Abuja.