No recent history of polio in Nigeria since 2016 – FG

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says there has been no recent history of polio in Nigeria since August 2016.

Dr Emmanuel Odu, the acting Executive Director, NPHCDA, who stated this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, urged the public to report any case of child with fever and sudden weakness or paralysis of the limbs.

Odu also called for effective use of available Primary Health Care services to forestall any possible outbreak of the disease.

The acting executive secretary said the media briefing was to make clarifications on a report by some sections of the media on the suspected case of polio in Cross River state.

He said NPHCDA had deployed its technical team and representatives of its development partners to the suspected community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River, where a two-year old male child, suspected to have been infected was tested.

“Features found on this child were not consistent with those of poliomyelitis.

“A two year-old male child with a history of deformity, particularly a twisted right foot, which was observed at birth for which he was attended by a local bone-setter at the age of three weeks.

“Meanwhile, he had been administered with six doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) already, in his course of life.

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No recent history of polio in Nigeria since 2016 – FG

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