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Nigerian health expresses worry over resurgence of polio

Nigerian health worker are worried over the resurgence of polio just as thevWorld Health Organisation has expressed concern over the incidence.

Indeed, Mrs Felicia Obinna, on Monday, reportedly bemoaned the fresh outbreak of polio in Borno, saying it will be “a setback to get WHO’s certification as a polio-free nation”.

Obinna, who is in-charge of immunisation at the Nsukka District Health Centre in Enugu State, expresed the opinion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Monday.

She said that the discovery of fresh cases of wild polio in Gwarzo and Jere local government areas was regrettable for a country that was looking forward to getting WHO’s polio-free certification status.

“I felt very sad when I heard that two fresh cases of polio virus have been detected again, after the country celebrated two years of polio-free on June 23.

“This new discovery may make it impossible for WHO to certify Nigeria as polio-free this year.

“These cases have rubbished efforts by the Federal Government and relevant health bodies to eradicate polio in the country,” she said.

She urged the Federal Government to quickly address the situation by mopping up the polio virus cases for a complete eradication.

“The government must provide the required funds and manpower to boost immunisation in Borno and other states affected by Boko Haram where there was restricted access to field workers.

“The government should swing into action by sending a team to the affected states to re-appraise the immunisation situation,” she said.

The health worker also urged states and local governments in the country to redouble their efforts by safeguarding their domain from any fresh case of the wild polio virus.

Obinna, however, urged the government not to allow the recent case to lower its morale in its avowed commitment to achieving a polio-free country.

She said that the government should rather provide the needed resources to completely wipe out the virus in the country.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.