Type 2 Polio virus found in Bauchi – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus Type 2 (cVDPV2) has been discovered in Bauchi State.

Adamu Ningi, the WHO Bauchi State Coordinator, disclosed this at a meeting with the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, and the Chairman, Social Mobilisation on Immunisation and Emir of Dass, Usman Othman, in Bauchi on Friday.

He said samples were collected from various locations on a monthly basis and it has been discovered that the poliovirus type 2 was found at Gwallaga mosque area linking three wards of Makama B, Hardo and Dankade.

Represented by Khalid Abubakar, the state coordinator attributed the new strain to non-compliance to immunization schedules.

“In Bauchi LGA, only 52 percent of children are fully immunized, 29 percent didn’t complete while 19 percent have never been immunized.

“The latest strain of the virus is from isolated environmental samples collected from Gwallaga mosque area, Obonna Royal Hotel refuse site, Shafa bridge, and FGGC drainage.

“The circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus is linked to the one earlier discovered in Hadejia, Jigawa State,” he said.

Also speaking, the state chairman, social mobilization on immunization, said the state has been without any reported case of polio for over five years.

Mr. Othman, however, regretted that it was unfortunate to record a new case despite efforts to prevent its resurgence from reported cases in Yobe and Jigawa states.

He noted that immunization teams failed to report non-compliance cases in the past while supervision was poor.

The first class traditional ruler said the meeting was designed to engage the traditional institution and seek ways to contain the virus.

According to him, since the detection, WHO, UNICEF, the state government and traditional leaders have intensified efforts to check its spread.

In his remarks, the Emir of Bauchi emphasized the need forward heads to always accompany house-to-house teams during immunization plus days to avoid non-compliance.

While promising to support to eradicate the virus in his domain, Mr. Adamu however charged governments and the general public to intensify environmental sanitation and close supervision.

Speaking earlier, Shakhawar Hossain, the UNICEF State Lead Communication Officer, said intense campaigns must be mounted and traditional leaders should be on the ground to answer key questions on polio immunization.

Source: NAN


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