LAGOS BEGINS SECOND ROUND POLIO OUTBREAK RESPONSE (OBR2) IMMUNIZATION CAMPAIGN IN THE STATE
By Trek Africa Newspaper
Lagos State in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has commenced Polio Outbreak Response (OBR) Campaign in all Local Government Area (LGA) and Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State, following the discovery of circulating variant poliovirus strains in some of our LGAs.
Nigeria was certified free from the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) on the 25th of August, 2020 after three consecutive years of reporting no case of WPV. However, some countries still transmitted the Wild Polio Variant, which has been on increase in some States across Nigeria due to low routine immunization coverage.
The campaign is necessary to prevent a setback in our laudable achievements, if the virus is not properly curtailed and it is important to maintain the country’s polio-free status, following the certification received in August 2020.
The campaign aims to vaccinate all children, aged 0 to 5 years, with two drops of the oral polio vaccine regardless of their previous vaccination status to prevent poliomyelitis that may result in paralysis of the limbs or death.
The Polio OBR campaign will hold between Saturday 21st and Tuesday 24th of January, 2023. During these periods, vaccination teams will visit residential homes, schools, churches, mosques, gated estates, and all public places where eligible children can be found.
In view of this, we solicit all parents, guardians’ community leaders, pastors, and imams to ensure that all eligible children are vaccinated during the campaign in all our communities.
Please note that Routine Immunization Services will be available at the Primary Health Centres during the campaign. Also, note that all children under the age of 2 years must complete their routine immunization as scheduled.
Immunization is effective, safe, and free.
Dr. Ibrahim Akinwunmi Mustafa
LAGOS STATE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE BOARD