By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, on Friday, identified circulating vaccine-derived polio virus (cVDPV), as case which must be handled so as to attain polio-free status in the State.
Briefing newsmen in Kano yesterday, the Commissioner, explained that the cVDPV, which has been reported in states, like Borno, has also been reported in neighbouring states,like Jigawa.
This, the Commissioner said, exposes the State to the risk of infection from these states, due to the long stretch of border, with Jigawa and Katsina States, including high population dynamics, occasioned by high volume of commercial activities.
Aminu attributed the influx of migrants/Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), to the state, as some of the challenges and risk encountered in the State.
”It is therefore important that parents and care-givers, ensure that all the elogible children are vaccinated, with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV),by our house-to-house team, within the implementation days.”
”Polio is a highly infectious disease,, which is life threatening and even more crippling. Also, known as:’ Poliomyelitis’ in medical terms. This disease is caused by the ‘poliovirus’ usually affecting children under five years of age. for this reason, it is also known as:” Infantile Paralysis’.
According to Dr Aminu Ibrahim, the virus mainly affects the nervous system, leaving the person, with a weak crippled head or neck, or head may also get affected.
Furthermore, he explained that the virus is transmitted by person-to-person, spread, mainly through faecal-oral route or or less frequently by, common vehicle, example water or food and multiplies in the intestine, from it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.
However, Dr Ibrahim, stressed that there is no cure for polio, adding that it can only be prevented by immunization, just as a he assured that Kano State government is fully committed to ensuring that all eligible children are immunized through various programmes targeted to them.
”Kano state is at, today, over 64 months Polio-free. For this December 2019 SIDP s campaign taking place in this month of January, 2020, Over 3,564, 260 of 0-59 months old eligible children are targeted for vaccination, with 3, 732, 040 doses of vaccine made available available.”
Already, the State has concluded arrangements for the conduct of the last round of 2019 polio immunization campaign, scheduled for January 11 and 14 , 2020 in the 44 Local Government Areas of the State.
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