Lagos, NPHCDA activate polio outbreak response campaign

*Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, explains the Polio Outbreak Response campaign aims to vaccinate all children, aged 0 to five years, with two drops of the oral polio vaccine, regardless of their previous vaccination status to prevent poliomyelitis

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the recent discovery of circulating poliovirus strains in the state, the Lagos State Government (LASG), in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has commenced a Polio Outbreak Response (OBR) campaign among the residents.

Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB), disclosed this development in a statement issued Sunday, January 22, 2023, in Lagos.

It is recalled that Nigeria was certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free August 25, 2020, after three consecutive years of reporting no case of WPV.

Dr. Mustafa, however, noted that some countries still transmitted the wild polio variant, which had been on increase in some states across Nigeria due to low routine immunisation coverage.

The Permanent Secretary said the current Polio OBR campaign was necessary to prevent a setback in the country’s laudable achievements in the past few years.

According to him, the effort is critical to maintain the Nigeria’s polio-free status, following the certification received back in August 2020.

The campaign, he stated, will take place between January 21 and 24 in all Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

Mustafa also said: “The campaign aims to vaccinate all children, aged 0 to five years, with two drops of the oral polio vaccine, regardless of their previous vaccination status to prevent poliomyelitis that may result in paralysis of the limbs or death.”

OBR campaigns at homes, public institutions

Mustafa further disclosed the vaccination teams would visit residential homes, schools, Churches, Mosques, gated estates, and all public places where eligible children could be found.

He noted: “In view of this, we solicit all parents, guardians, community leaders, pastors and imams to ensure that all eligible children are vaccinated during the campaign in all our communities.”

Meanwhile, the LSPHCB Permanent Secretary has says that routine immunisation services would be available at the primary health centres during the campaign.

He, therefore, urged parents and guardians to ensure that all children under the age of two years complete their routine immunisation as scheduled.

Immunisation is effective, safe and free, stated he.