As parts of measures at combating Polio in the country, the Federal Government and Development partners have scheduled a Fractional Injectable Polio Vaccine (fIPV) campaign across 92 targeted LGAs in November 2018.
In a statement to mark the World Polio day celebration ,the Head of Media and Public relations of NPHCDA Mr Saad Salahu said Nigeria has not reported any case of the wild polio virus for over 25 months as at October 2018.
The National Primary Health Care development Agency disclosed that the Nigeria/GAVI joint investment of over $3Billion in support of RI and health system is an unprecedented and commendable development, which has huge potential towards improving immunization and primary health care quality over the next ten years.
“Recently, there has been isolation and reporting of type 2 strains largely from environmental samples. Although, these are not wild polio cases, they present with similar symptoms. They are a result of several years of low Routine Immunization (RI) coverage and consequently, insufficient population immunity to type 2 virus. This led to intensive outbreak response campaigns in two phases which commenced in May and September/October 2018.”
The Agency further said the recent resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to ensure increased funding for Primary Health Care, Including Immunization is yet another laudable effort of the political leaders in the country.
“The 2018 World Polio Day will therefore afford the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, donors, development partners and other stakeholders the opportunity to further sensitize our people, especially the political leaders on the need for sustained RI, polio supplemental immunization activities as well as solicit for the support of parents and care givers”
“We will ensure that effective vaccines is given free of charge through routine and supplemental means. This is a fundamental basic right of all the children.”
The theme for the 2018 World Polio Day is ‘End Polio Now’ while the slogan is ‘One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio’.
The World Polio Day is celebrated globally and annually on 24th October 2018, to generate awareness towards eradication of polio. It is meant to commemorate the efforts of thousands of employees, international partners, donors, stakeholders, volunteers and many other important actors of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), who are committed to the eradication of Poliomyelitis.
In 1988, the global committee, under the united nations, launched GPEI with the main objective of achieving global polio eradication by the year 2000. At that time, about 125 countries were affected, with around 350,000 children crippled. Since 1989 to date, there has been a 99.9 percent reduction of polio cases across the world with only 3 countries namely Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria still endemic.