Polio hits Bauchi, 38 new cases recorded

38 new cases of Mutant Polio Virus Type 2 (Cmpv2) have been confirmed by Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) in 12 local government areas of the state.

Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed disclosed this when he flagged off the vaccination exercise against the virus at Bayan Fada over the weekend.

The affected LGAs are Toro, Warji, Darazo, Misau, Dambam, Zaki, Jamaare, Alkaleri, Ganjuwa, Bauchi, Katagum and Shira.

The target population during the vaccination exercise remained under 5 years with a total of 2,286,057. The vaccines so far received stood at 2,367,450.

Rilwanu said inter/intra-state border synchronisation meetings between Bauchi-Jigawa-Kano, Yobe-Bauchi-Gombe-Bauchi were conducted, and WHO and UNICEF catered for the implementation of DOPV strategy in all high-risk LGAs in the state.

This is coming years after Nigeria received a polio-free certification.

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