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Kano Flags Off Oral Polio Vaccine, Targets 3.6 Million Children

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Kano State Ministry of Health has concluded plans to vaccinate 3.6 million children with the novel type 2 oral polio vaccine as part of a measure to respond to the outbreak of circulating vaccine drive poliovirus type 2 in the state.

Addressing a news conference on Friday the state Commissioner for health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa disclosed that the integrated OBRI and MNCHW campaigns would run concurrently from Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th of January 2022.

Dr. Tsanyawa explained that the improved and genetically stable vaccine become necessary to attain the global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

The commissioner regretted that three years after Nigeria was certified polio-free nation, an outbreak of circulating vaccine drive poliovirus type 2 was discovered in 13 states of the Federation including Kano with a record of 106 cases across 25 LGA’s.

He noted that the outbreak response of the vaccine to eradicate the deadly virus was in line with the national directives and guidelines from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Ministry of Health.

Kano state has equally concluded all arrangements to ensure a quality outbreak response across all 44 LGA’s.

Dr. Tsanyawa emphasized that the polio vaccines exercise would run along with the distribution of Maternal and newborn Child health intervention with the disbursement of Vitamin A supplement.

He urged parents, caregivers, and pregnant women to endeavor the opportunity afforded by the government to make themselves available for the interventions.

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