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Polio Spread - FG Blames Govs, LG Bosses

PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:33 pm
by Richard Akindele
The Federal Government yesterday in Abuja, said the nonchallant attitude of state governors and chairmen of the 774 local governments to national response programme on mitigation of polio, is the key factor for the 100 per cent increase in its virus.

Minister for Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, said this yesterday at the National Dialogue on Revitalising Immunisation in Nigeria.

According to Lambo, despite the Federal Government's commitment to the mitigation of the child-killer disease, leading to the commitment of billions of naira, state governors have failed to complement efforts made at the national level.

He said governors have the responsibilty of ensuring that vaccines procured by the Federal Government get to target audience at the state and local government level, but expressed regret that most governors and local government chiefs frustrate the commitment to tackle the scourge.

According to him, it is the duty of state governors and council heads to provide effective cold chain system for the preservation of vaccines, since immunisation is a component of primary health care delivery, and expressed regret that state governors after receiving federal allocations, willfully ignore budgets for immunisation.

He said the Federal Government cannot legislate for the states on how much they should budget for immunisation programme, and wondered why they continue to starve the all important campaign of funds.

Meanwhile, the Interim Chief Executive of the Natioanl Programme on Immunisa-tion(NPI), Dr Edogie Abebe, has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, consider ceding procurement of polio vaccines to NPI, rather than leaving it to development partners.

According to her, this prerogative will enable the NPI monitor the potency of all vacines brought into the country, adding that the old practice of merely paying for the vaccines and leaving its importation to development partners was responsible for most of the problems.

She said government can only achieve meaningful polio interruption when the national health act is promulgated, to streamline functions of the Federal Government, states and local government in the scheme of immunisation programme.

Abebe listed barriers such as lack of infrastructure, poor storage system among others, as militating against interuption of the wild polio scourge.

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Nigeria Accounts for 82 Percent of Polio Cases Globally

PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:26 pm
by Richard Akindele
In spite of the routine immunisation in Nigeria, it still accounts for about 82 per cent of the global wild polio-virus cases and 95 per cent of cases in Africa.

Making this known yesterday was the Principal Technical Officer in the National Assembly/Senate House Committee on Health, Mrs Buma Otobo, who was part of the House delegation that visited Lagos State, for a one-day advocacy/sensitisation workshop with members of the state House of Assembly, and other stakeholders.

Buma said though routine immunisation has improved, "but it still remains below the target level of 65 per cent DPT3 coverage for year 2006," adding that global, national and local efforts are being leveraged "to foster the needed partnership required to contain and indeed douse the raging wild polio viruses and improve routine immunisation."

She said as at September 2006, "Nigeria has cases of wild poliovirus in 17 states, compared to 547 for the same period in 2005 in 18 states," adding that the country's 69 per cent of the cases reported this year affected children of less than three years, whilst an alarming percentage of 42 were children with zero doses (those who had never received the OPV.)

Defending low coverage of government's immunisation programmes, Otobo said "the imperatives of a successful immunisation programme hinges on the effective involvement, participation and indeed ownership by all, particularly state and local government levels, who are responsible for implementation of immunisation activities.

"The capacity of the leadership at these levels to effectively mobilise the needed participation of the populace in immunisation programmes is undoubtedly a very important pivot towards improving the targeted coverage," she said.

She, however, urged Nigerians to imbibe the recent paradigm shift, as suggested by the international Expert Review Committee on Polio, at its April 2006 meeting where a new approach, styled Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) against the usual National Immunization Days [NIDs] and Sub National Immunization Days (SNIDs), was decided.

According to her, IPDs is an Integrated which allows for polio vaccines, measles, DPT and other antigens to be administered during the IPDs as incentives, items such as " insecticide treated nets, deworming tablets, soaps etc; will also be distributed to children after immunization."With the adoption of the new approach, she believes that the missed children in the Oral Polio Vaccine [OPV], would be reached, even as the IPDs would increase routine immunization coverage "and thereby accelerates polio eradication; address other community health felt needs; revive the primary health care services and; achieve a reduction in childhood morbidity and mortality."The leader of the delegation, Hon. Ade Adegbenjo, explained that they came to the state and would also visit other southern states in the country in continuation of their objective which he said is "advocating to relevant state and local government level functionaries as well as traditional and religious leaders," adding that "the aim is to obtain their support towards effective mobilization and participation in immunization activities".

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Nigeria and India Cited in Rise of Polio Cases

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:52 pm
by Richard Akindele

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:41 am
by relgycandy
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