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Nigeria must sustain immunisation to keep polio at bay, say NPHCDA, WHO

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World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) have urged parents to intensify efforts on receiving of polio routine immunisation to avoid resurface of the virus in the country.

WHO has also said that the virus was only eradicated in human but the Agency still take samples for testing to ascertain its uproot in Nigerian societies. Bauchi State Coordinator, WHO, Mr. Hassan Abdullahi Gumbi who spoke in Bauchi while marking the World Polio Day on Monday said that “We are now actively taking samples from our gutters, sewage and other areas for testing in Polio designated lab in Ibadan. We must continue the testing until there is no more trace of the virus.

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“We have case of vaccine drive polio from a human in Lagos State, one in Anambra, we have so many in the northern states –this is traced to those in the sewage,” Hassan said. He further urged voluntary testing and immunisation to contain the virus after certification of polio free presented to Nigeria Government two months ago.

While making remarks on this year’s awareness day on Polio tagged: “Keep Polio at Zero”, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, said parents must come out for routine immunisation, adding that the vaccines were at every facility.

He said that the State Governor, Bala Mohammed has always been contributing to the counterpart funds and that has resulted to availability of vaccines in every facility.

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