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  • Nigeria: After 10 years polio-free, two unconfirmed cases reported in Kogi - Declared polio-free June 2020

    Source: https://theeagleonline.com.ng/after-...orted-in-kogi/

    After 10 years polio-free, two unconfirmed cases reported in Kogi
    by The Eagle Online
    July 19, 2019

    Two unconfirmed cases of the polio virus have been reported in Kogi State after being polio-free for 10 years.
    Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi Primary Healthcare Development Agency, disclosed this on Friday at a stakeholders meeting with the Social Mobilisation Committee for National Immunisation Plus Days in Lokoja.
    Yakubu said that the two cases of polio virus were reported in Ankpa and Dekina local government areas of Kogi, saying however, that they were yet to be confirmed.
    He said: “Kogi State has been polio-free for more than 10 years now, but unfortunately we are beginning to get some very discouraging signals.
    “In fact, recently there were unconfirmed reports yet, of polio virus in Ankpa and Dekina LGAs of Kogi State; although it has not been confirmed.
    “But we have dispatched a team of experts to take samples of those cases and carry out appropriate investigations; the team is already on that task.
    “This is why we need to intensify our social mobilisation and campaign, especially for this NIPDs, that is centered on polio vaccination for our children and some other commodities.”
    He, therefore, appealed to all the SMC members drawn from various fields and organisations, to take the assignment very seriously...

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    WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
    AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
    Week 46: 11 - 17 November 2019
    Data as reported by: 17:00; 17 November 2019

    (Page 12)

    Nigeria Poliomyelitis

    (cVDPV2) Grade 2 1-Jun-18 1-Jan-18 13-Nov-19 51 51 0 0.00%

    One case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVPDV2) was reported this week from Olamaboro in Kogi province. The onset of paralysis was on 2 October 2019.
    There are 17 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019. There were 34 cVDPV2 cases in 2018.

    https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...6-18112019.pdf
    https://www.afro.who.int/publication...-november-2019
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      Nigeria, Cameroon declared polio-free

      ON JUNE 19, 2020


      The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Nigeria and Cameroon to be free of polio, a crippling disease that usually affects children under five. Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries with cases of the wild poliovirus. The UN health agency is expected to formally present Nigeria with a certificate and also declare Africa free of the wild poliovirus. Nigeria’s head of primary health care agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib described the achievement as a “proud moment for us and indeed all Nigerians”.

      Cameroon’s Health Minister Malachie Manaouda had on Wednesday announced that the country had been certified free of polio. Health experts in the country welcomed the development but urged caution. For a country to be declared polio-free it must ensure high immunisation coverage and prove there have been no transmissions for at least three consecutive years. It should also maintain a surveillance and outbreak preparedness system.


      WHO has certified Nigeria and Cameroon to be free of polio, a crippling disease that usually affects children under five.
      “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
      Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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