Bauchi records 38 cases of polio in 12 LGAs

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Bauchi records 38 cases of polio in 12 LGAs

The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), has recorded 38 confirmed cases of circulating Mutant Polio Virus Type two (Cmpv2), in 12 out of the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs), of the State.

The Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed stated this in Bauchi over the weekend when he flagged off vaccination against the virus held at the PHC, Bayan Fada in Bauchi metropolis.

He said the affected LGAs includes Toro, Warji, Darazo, Misau, Dambam, Zaki, Jamaare, Alkaleri, Ganjuwa, Bauchi, Katagum and Shira.

Dr Mohammed said the target population is under 5 years with a total of 2,286,057, while the total vaccines (nopv2) so far received is 2,367,450.

He said that the total number of wards in the state is 323, while the total number of settlements is 17,2437 and a total number of 4023 House-House teams are to be engaged for the exercise as well as a total number of special teams is 12809 and a total number of fixed teams amount to 646.

He said the level of preparedness of the exercise by the agency is 100 per cent, having received support from all relevant international donor agencies and feedback to STFI/ICC of the outcome of September 2021 round which was conducted.

Also conducted was the State level training of State Technical Facilitators (STFs); advocacy visits to political, religious and traditional leadership and ward level training of house-to-house teams.

The Chairman said that there are five special teams for LGAS, TFI and Social Mobilization Committee meeting was conducted at various LGAs to review the last round, examine successes, challenges and provide action points.

Rilwanu said that Inter/Intra-State border synchronization meetings between Bauchi-Jigawa-Kano, Yobe-Bauchi-Gombe-Bauchi were conducted.

“The assessment of the level of LGA status preparedness using a pre-implementation checklist was also conducted just as vaccines were distributed to LGAs.

He also stressed that logistics have been paid by WHO and UNICEF for the implementation of DOPV strategy in all high-risk LGAs of the state.

“The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), assured that there is a need to focus attention on the fight against the resurgence of the Poliovirus, particularly in the North in order to be able to curtail it before it becomes a pandemic. All other international donors and support agencies assured of a collaborative effort to quickly stop the virus from spreading”. He said.

Bauchi records 38 cases of polio in 12 LGAs

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