As the world commemorate wold polio day, Fewer children were paralyzed by wild poliovirus in 2016 than in any other year in history (37 cases), and so far in 2017, less than 15 cases have occurred in three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
World polio day started in the year 1988 with the aim to eradicate the spread of polio virus among children under the ages of 5.
According to the world health organization massive awareness campaign are not restricted on this day alone, but to spread out throughout the year with the aim to fight out polio worldwide.
World health organization says efforts has been put in place to ensure that countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria inclusive that are still with the polio virus, to eradicate in those countries.
Kano state polio emergency operation center manager, Dr Imam Wada Bello, said the rate of non-compliance in Kano has reduce compare to last four years when the vaccine was new.
Dr Imam further said the federal government and state government need to put more effort in place before Nigeria can be declared polio free country
Reported says Nigeria was about to be set free of polio virus when three new polio cases were discovered in internally displaced camps in two children in Borno State
The theme for this years polio day is ‘A walk keeping Nigeria on zero
According to WHO ‘Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization.
Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free