FG, UNICEF begin emergency immunization campaign in Borno over Polio outbreak
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 12, 2016
The Federal Ministry of Health supported by the WHO, UNICEF and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have rolled out an emergency Polio immunization campaign in Borno.
The UNICEF Chief of Communication, Doune Porter, said in a statement in Abuja today that the campaign will commence in the accessible parts of the state. Porter said the campaign follows confirmation of two fresh cases of polio virus in parts of the state which recently became accessible.
He said the outbreak occurred in the conflict-ridden state where children are already facing dangerously high levels of malnutrition. Porter said that Nigeria had its last confirmed polio case two years ago and was within a year of being certified polio-free because of massive mobilization by government, partners and local health providers.