A total of one hundred and twenty cases of environmental polio has been recorded in Nigeria. This is coming one year after Nigeria was certified wild polio virus free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last year.
However the federal government says Nigeria’s wild polio virus free certification is not under any threat noting that they are in control of the situation.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib stated this on Monday at the 3rd quarter Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on Primary Health Care Review meeting in Abuja.
According to him, there is distinction between the wild polio virus and the current outbreak of different types of polio virus.
He said the current polio virus exist where there is low routine immunization where women are not taking their children for shots against polio, measles, yellow fever and the likes.
Dr. Shuaib however appreciated the Sultan of Sokoto, NTLC members and all traditional and religious leaders across the country for the sustained support and continuous mobilization of the community to ensure that we remain WPV free.
On his part the UNICEF Country Representative Dr. Peter Hawkins said Nigeria account for 70% of polio cases across the continent.
He added that the outbreak has not only happened in the North but across the country while commending the Federal Government’s response to the outbreak describing it as exceptional.