5 July 2012

Nigeria: Katsina Confirms Fresh Polio Case

The Katsina State government has confirmed the infection of a two-year-old girl by the wild polio virus in Karkarku Village of Sandamu Local Government Area of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the state's Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr Mu'awuya Aliyu, made the confirmation at a news conference yesterday in Katsina.

"We are investigating the case, already a team of medical personnel has been dispatched to the village," he said.

He added that efforts are being made to improve polio immunisation in the village and its surroundings.

"In fact, a house-to-house polio immunisation will be conducted in the affected village in order to ensure that all children are immunised," he said.

He said all is set for the next round of polio immunisation slated for July 7 in the state, and that vaccines for the exercise have been received and distributed to all the 34 local government areas of the state.

He further said that staff and other stakeholders have been mobilised to ensure the success of the exercise.


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