Thursday, 7 October 2021

Poliomyelitis Outbreak: C'River to Vaccinate 887,000 Children, as Nigeria records 300 cases


As Nigeria records 300 new cases of Poliomyelitis, the Cross River State Government has kicked off the process of vaccinating over 887,000 children across the state as a first round response to the outbreak. 

Speaking recently in Calabar, during the flag off ceremony, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu admonished mothers to bring out their children and ensure they are vaccinated against the disease. 

"Every day in CRS we try to prevent disease outbreaks just like we did during the outbreak of Covid-19, we started an early prevention campaign and this is what Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade has been emphasizing on; Disease Prevention. As a State, we don't have polio cases yet but we must not relent because one case in a Neighboring state can spread rapidly to our state Cross River and affect our Children. Our neighboring States already have one or two cases which mean we're not safe and must ensure our Children under age 0-59months gets the Polio vaccine while we continue to do our best to prevent any outbreak.

"We've decided to carry out an integrated approach where Children get the Polio vaccination while their Mothers and fathers or caregivers who haven't received the Covid-19 vaccines are vaccinated. Our health workers have been equipped in teams to attend to both Adults and Children as this is not only limited to Polio and Covid-19 vaccines alone but every other immunization/vaccination process that the child needs to grow and live healthily. Let me charge all health workers on behalf of Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade that 100% success needs to be achieved in this exercise as our target is to reach out to over 887,000 Children aged 0-59 Months and their parents ."

The Commissioner stated that logistics for both Water and Land ways have been provided to ensure that the over 430 hard-to-reach areas in the State aren't left out as very soon Drones will begin flying to deliver vaccines across the State. She assured Cross Riverians that the vaccines are safe and free as no Child will be left out during the exercise.


In her remarks, the DG, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong appreciated God, the Governor, the Commissioner for Health, and the health workers for their efforts which have led to the State to remain Polio free stating that a lot of human and capital resources have been put in place to keep us safe. "No case of Polio Type 2 in CRS even though Nigeria has recorded over 300 cases in Recent times. The government is committed to ensuring that no child is left out as I'll appeal to parents to ensure their kids are vaccinated. We will be going to churches, Mosque markets places, and homes to vaccinate every eligible child and their parents under the new integrated vaccine policy.