Kaduna records 10 cases of wild polio

Kaduna records 10 cases of wild polio

Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday that 10 cases of wild polio virus were recorded in Birnin Gwari, Ikara, Igabi, Kubau and Zaria local government areas in the last eight months.

The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Manya Dogo, said that three cases were recorded in Birnin Gwari, three in Ikara, two in Igabi and one each in Kubau and Zaria LGAs after celebrating a three-year free polio period.

The secretary said: "The figure represented 10% of the 70% cases recorded in Nigeria as at last week."

Dogo attributed the incidents to the influx of migrant nomads from affected neighbouring states. He added that cases of missed children, cross border migration and lack of cooperation by some parents during immunisation campaigns also contributed to the outbreak.

To redress the situation, he said government had set up a committee under the Deputy Governor Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, to partner with the National Commission for Nomadic Education and neighbouring states, to identify Fulani settlements and cattle routes for the immunisation.

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