FG to immunise 37 million children in 13 northern states

nigerian_childrenTHE Federal Government has said that it would immunise 37 million under-five-years old Nigerian children for 2015 September round of Sub-National Immunisation Days (SIPDs).

The exercise, which will take place in 13 states in the northern part of the country, began on Saturday, September 5, 2015, and will end tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The states participating in the exercise are Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Adamawa and Zamfara, among others.

Meanwhile, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has confirmed a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) outbreak in Ukraine.

The GPEI in the latest edition of Weekly Polio Update published yesterday said: “Two cases have been confirmed, with dates of onset of paralysis of 30 June and 7 July. The genetic similarity between the cases indicates active transmission of cVDPV1. Both are from the Zakarpatskaya oblast, in South-western Ukraine, bordering Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, who disclosed the immunisation process to newsmen while monitoring the exercise at Sabon Wuse in Tafa Local Council of Niger State, said a total of 39 million doses of Trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (TOPV) had been released and distributed to all the political wards in the 13 participating states.

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