Ex­perts call for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Nige­ria’s po­lio sta­tus

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim,Bauchi

Ex­perts on po­lio have called for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Nige­ria’s po­lio sta­tus.

They ex­pressed their views against the back­drop of mis-per­cep­tion by the pub­lic re­gard­ing the re­moval of Nige­ria from the list of po­lio en­demic coun­tries.

Speak­ing at a stake­hold­ers press con­fer­ence in Bauchi, In­ci­dence Man­ager Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre, Dr. Mansur Dada said that some peo­ple have mis­un­der­stood Nige­ria’s po­lio sta­tus believ­ing that there will be no need for fur­ther cam­paign against po­lio.

He said that the be­lief is mis­placed and may lead to dis­rup­tions of the rou­tine po­lio vac­ci­na­tion ex­er­cise.

Dr. Dada added that Nige­ria is yet to be de­clared po­lio free coun­try but was only re­moved from the list po­lio em­pi­demic coun­tries.

He said that Nige­ria was re­moved from the po­lio list af­ter spend­ing12 months with­out record­ing any case of po­lio.The ex­pert in­formed that a coun­try must spend three years free of po­lio be­fore it could be de­clared po­lio free.

“There is progress in po­lio erad­i­ca­tion but we are yet to be de­clared free of po­lio but by 24th of July 2017 if we do not record any po­lio case, Nige­ria will be de­clared po­lio free,” he added.

A par­tic­i­pant from Kaduna State shares in­for­ma­tion on qual­ity care in hospi­tal at the meet­ing of hospi­tal heads or­gan­ised by NAHSS, FMOH and In­sti­tute of Hu­man Vi­nol­ogy in Nige­ria Abuja re­cently.

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