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Health News of Monday, 10 January 2022


Vaccination to begin as Polio hits Bauchi

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Bauchi has recorded 38 cases of circulating Mutant Polio Virus Type 2 (Cmpv2) in 12 local government areas according to the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA).

This was made known to the general public by the Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed as he flagged off the vaccination exercise against the virus at Bayan Fada.

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

Mr. Mohammed said the target population remained children under 5 years with a total of 2,286,057 as the vaccines so far received stood at 2,367,450.

Rilwanu said inter/intra-state border synchronization meetings between Bauchi-Jigawa-Kano, Yobe-Bauchi-Gombe-Bauchi were conducted, Daily Trust said.

He said WHO and UNICEF had catered for the implementation of DOPV strategy in all high-risk LGAs in the state.

The resurgence of the wild poliovirus in the country came after a few years of polio-free certification.