Navigation Links
Nigerian Programme Increases Polio Immunisation

An initiative to increase polio vaccination in Nigeria has been a success, but continued commitment from the government is needed// to help eradicate the virus from northern states, say officials.

The Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) initiative was launched in May 2006 by the National Programme on Immunization (NPI) ˉ a government initiative with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization — to tackle polio in the 18 northern regions still affected by the virus.

People in these states have refused the vaccine because of religious reasons or the belief that it renders women infertile.

The IPD initiative aims to counter these beliefs and provides supplemental health benefits such as vitamin A, de-worming tablets and vaccinations for measles, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) as well as oral polio vaccine (OPV).

"The IPDs have really increased acceptance of immunisation," said Mustapha Mahmud, North-Central Zonal Coordinator for NPI.

Mahmud told SciDev.Net that the initiative has reduced cases of polio from 70 to four per month in the northern areas.

Nigeria has also implemented several Sub-National Immunization Days, during which OPV is administered to children aged 0–59 months through house-to-house visits by health workers.

But Mahmud warned that, despite the initiative, the northern states are still high-risk areas, as too many children do not receive immunisation. Polio vaccine is still not accepted in some areas and logistical and resource problems mean that not all areas are covered.

NPI chief executive Edugie Abebe said that the programme aims to address these issues by containing the virus and building capacity by training personnel.

"We aim to completely interrupt the transmission of the wild polio virus by 2007, by sustaining the gains we have made on immunisation in 2006," said Abebe.

Abebe pointed out that the federal governm ent allocated $US8.3 million to buy vaccines in the 2007 budget. She said no Nigerian government has been this committed to polio eradication and expressed concern that this May's change of leadership might affect further progress.

Nigeria accounts for 61 per cent of global polio cases and 95 per cent of cases in Africa, according to the disease surveillance unit of the World Health Organization. It is the country where polio is most endemic, though southern Nigeria has been polio-free for almost two years.

Source-Bio-Bio Technology
SM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Nigerian girl recovering well after removal of brain tumor
2. Nigerian Farmers To Import Bird Flu Vaccine From Israel
3. One Nigerian Cocaine Pedellar Nabbed
4. Bird Flu Detected In Remote Nigerian State
5. Bird Flu Virus Reported In Remote Nigerian State
6. South Africa: Nigerian Man Treated for Lassa Fever
7. The Potential Of Cadaver Transplantation Programme In India
8. Time for A.R.Rahman to rock the Tuberculosis Awareness Programme
9. Hepatitis B Vaccine To Be Included In National Immunization Programme
10. LINK Applied Genomics Programme Promises To Revolutionize Healthcare Systems
11. Pneumococcal Vaccine: Childhood Immunization Programme has a new recruit
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading medical technology company focused on the peripheral ... December 31, 2015 on Monday, February 29, 2016 after the market closes. , The ... release at 4:30 PM ET. Investors interested in participating by phone are invited to ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... change in their patients. Research shows that the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) captures ... overcome this challenge and learn more about the Goal Attainment Scale, Education Resources ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The Club at Ibis ... prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined by the annual ... the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. , “We’d like to congratulate ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The ... 26th: Amateur & Professional Divisions - Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Ticket ... Ticket Prices $30, Social Media: http://www.USPoleSportsFed.org , Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uspolesportsfederation , ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The recreational use of ... in the state still face a lot of restrictions as to where they can ... for private, personal use” and that cannabis “may not be consumed openly or publicly.” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced ... December 31, 2015. --> --> ... revenues of $9.45 billion, up 28% on a constant ... of $9.43 billion. Excluding the impact of the acquisition ... generics business (the "EPD Business"), full year adjusted total ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 10, 2016 --> ... & Gas), and Spectroscopy Market by Industry (Oil & Gas, ... & Paper, Metal & Mining, and Others), And Geography ... global market is expected to grow to USD 3.9 ... between 2015 and 2020. Browse 82 market ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... CSI Specialty Group (CSI) expanded its specialty ... Specialty Pharmacy Podcast. A free, weekly show, the Specialty ... education, discussion and context amongst specialty pharmacy peers and ... --> The Specialty Pharmacy Podcast, hosted by industry ... Suzette DiMascio, CHE, CMCE, CPC, is available for streaming ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: