The Lagos State Government Launches Its Polio Immunisation Campaign

Lagos State started off its weekend with the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2022 Polio Outbreak Response, OBR, Immunisation campaign.

A Child Is Given A Vaccine (Polio)

Dr. Ibrahim A. Mustafa, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, disclosed this in a statement despite noting that on 25 August 2020, Nigeria was certifiably free from the Wild Polio Virus, WPV, after three consecutive years of zero reported cases.

He mentioned that there has been a rise in the transmission of the new variant of poliovirus in some states of the country caused by low routine immunization coverage caused by security challenges and poor access to health care.

“In order to curb the spread, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board is in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. The NPHCD, with the support from their partners (WHO , UNICEF, CHAI, Rotary Polio plus. etc) recommend that all children aged 0-5 years receive two drops of the OPV for two rounds regardless of their former immunisation status.

“The vaccination teams will be visiting all the households, hospitals, schools, churches, mosques, recreational grounds, estates, markets, shopping plazas as well as other places,” Mustafa said.

The first round of the immunisation campaign will be held from the 9th to the 12th of April 2022, while the second round will be held from the 7th to the 10th of May 2022 at 7.00 am on a daily basis.

He urged that parents, guardians, community and religious leaders ensured that all eligible children were vaccinated during the Polio Outbreak Response campaign.