Borno Records Zero Case Of Polio

PolioIn spite of security challenges Borno State is battling with, there are indications that polio has been kicked out of the state.

Borno, ranked among the 11 high risk states in northern Nigeria, recorded its last case in the year 2013.

Officials attributed the success story to constant immunisation programmes across the state.

Over the years, young Nigerians crippled by polio have found themselves dealing with the negligence of their parents.

The common practice in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, like most northern states, is for polio survivors, who are usually from poor homes to hit the streets every other day begging for alms.

Faced with the sad reality of a bleak future, the polio survivors now engage in peer education and advocacy promoting Immunisation.

Community leaders have also been actively engaged in the campaign for the need for their subjects to embrace polio immunisation.

They understand the danger of not immunising kids and now, all suspicion and ill will towards the vaccine, has diminished.

Executive Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Sule Meleh, said that the converging of Internally Displaced Persons in the state capital, had offered an opportunity for health workers to reach out to more kids.

The Rotary Club has been on the forefront of the anti-polio campaign. Officials are proud of Borno State’s achievements.

The periodic house to house vaccination, which kicked off last Saturday, ended on Wednesday.

But the vaccination and campaign has by no means ended with the kids themselves cooperative and excited to be polio free.

NEMA, UN To Provide Temporary Shelter For IDPs In North East

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), says it is working in collaboration with the United Nations and other international humanitarian and faith based organisations to provide temporary accommodation for the over two million people that were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east since June 2015.

The Director General of the agency, Mohammed Sidi, disclosed this while receiving an award for community service by the Rotary Club of Kakuri, in Kaduna State.

Mr Sidi, who was represented at the event by the Director of Training, Musa Zakari, said that the agency has established humanitarian cells in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, and is also collaborating with the military to provide emergency relief assistance to communities ravaged by the terrorist attacks.

He further explained that NEMA is already working closely with the governments of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and other humanitarian actors to conduct a comprehensive damage and loss assessment in the affected areas to provide exit packages to affected persons who have chosen to return to their various communities.

According to him, with the liberation of most of the communities hitherto under the occupation of the insurgents and the massive return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroun and Niger, the humanitarian outlook has therefore changed from short-term relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities.

While explaining that the tasks of settling the internally displaced persons are enormous for government alone to bear, Mr Sidi called on the Rotary Club and other humanitarian organisations in the country to assist the agency in providing  humanitarian services to victims to enable them return to normal life.

Jonathan Reaffirms Commitment To Polio Eradication

President Goodluck Jonathan affirmed Thursday at the Presidential Villa that the Federal Government remains fully committed to achieving the total eradication of polio from Nigeria before the end of the tenure of the present administration in 2015.

A child receiving vaccination against polio

Speaking at an audience with a delegation of Rotary International led by the Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Trustees and past President of Rotary International, Wilfrid Wilkinson, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government will take all necessary action and work in close collaboration with its development partners and other stakeholders to overcome the challenges of ignorance, misinformation and security as well as the cultural and religious inhibitions that were currently hindering mass immunization against polio in parts of the country.

President Jonathan said that his administration was actively encouraging pro-polio immunization advocacy by respected religious leaders and traditional rulers as part of a multi-faceted strategy to ensure the success of the nationwide campaign.

“I promise you that we will continue to do our best because I do not want to hand over polio to the next administration,” President Jonathan told the delegation which also included Jonathan Majiyagbe, the first African President of Rotary International.

The leader of the delegation, Mr Wilkinson assured President Jonathan that Rotary International will continue to commit resources and personnel in support of the Federal Government’s efforts to eradicate polio from Nigeria.

President Jonathan had earlier received a Mexican Government delegation which was at the Presidential Villa to seek Nigeria’s support for Mexico’s candidate for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Welcoming the delegation, President Jonathan noted that the WTO had a very important role to play in global trade and economic development.

President Jonathan told the delegation which was led by Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, a Special Envoy of President Enrique Pena Nieto that Africa needed someone at the WTO’s helm who will positively address the continent’s concerns over the restrictions that currently hinder the export of African products to other part of the world.