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    Polio: Niger Republic records fresh outbreak
    April 25, 2020 - by News Agency Of Nigeria - Leave a Comment

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo says Republic of Niger has reported new polio outbreak.

    The UN health agency disclosed this in a statement posted on its website.

    “Niger has reported a new polio outbreak that has affected two children in Niamey and Tillaberi region.

    “Last December, the West African country along with Kenya and Mozambique reported ending polio outbreaks that had lasted 24 months.

    “However, this new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus transmission, that paralysed a child on February 15, is not linked to the outbreak that was closed last year.’’

    The statement quoted, Dr Pascal Mkanda, Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme in the African Region, as saying “Niger stopped the previous polio outbreaks by mounting high quality mass vaccination campaigns in 2019.

    “Unfortunately, that will not be possible now as we have suspended the polio mass vaccination campaigns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic responses that requires global standards for social distancing and hand washing hygiene practices.

    “The poliovirus will inevitably continue to circulate and may paralyse more children as no high-quality immunization campaigns can be conducted in a timely manner.’’

    According to WHO, Niger now joins the list of countries experiencing vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks in Africa, ramping up the total to 15 countries.

    The other countries include Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Togo and Zambia...