23 February 2013

Nigeria: Fresh Polio Outbreak Reported in Abuja

A new outbreak of wild polio virus has been reported in Lugbe, a suburb of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Abubakar Usman, a two and half year-old boy whose parents migrated from Katsina State to Kabusa ward in Lugbe is the latest victim of the three cases of polio recently discovered in Abuja.

Executive Secretary of the FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, said in an interview in Abuja that Usman had a case of weakness of the limbs and samples were taken to Ibadan for test, a confirmation of the result was out on February 18, 2013.

He said, "The whole of this year in the whole of this country, this is the first case of the virus; it's unfortunate that the father refused immunization for all his children.

"He has a zero dose; that means he has not been immunised before, and unfortunately this child now has polio."

He observed that cases of polio in the FCT were from people who migrated to the territory from other places.

He said that out of 12 wards of AMAC, there were about nine high-risk wards because of influx of people to those areas.

He identified paucity of fund and inadequate vaccinators as some of the major problems affecting smooth immunization coverage in the area.

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