Nigeria To Be Polio Free By August, Says WHO
The World Health Organisation, WHO, Coordinator in Cross River, Dr Thompson Igbu, says Nigeria would be polio free by August 2018.
Dr Igbu made this known on the sidelines of a workshop on integrated disease surveillance and response on Wednesday in Calabar.
He said polio reporting system was very strong in Nigeria and the last polio case that was recorded in the country was in August 2016.
According to him, WHO had trained community personnel that quickly report any condition that looked like polio or any of the diseases on Federal Government watch list to the appropriate bodies.
Dr. Igbu said that similar surveillance programmes were carried out around the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.
The WHO state coordinator urged Nigerians to maintain a clean environment and report anything they suspect to be a disease, especially diseases like Polio, Ebola, Lassa fever and monkeypox.
The Chairman, Hospital Seminar Committee of the Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Dr Angela Eyo-Etta, said the seminar was designed to scale up surveillance for data collection and action.
She said that Nigeria has a health management information system but this system targets the primary health care, the form provided cannot be used by secondary and tertiary health care providers.
According to her, the secondary and tertiary health care providers have to be innovative in making sure that diseases are promptly reported to bridge the gap.
The Chairman of the event, Prof. Andrew Asindi, said medical practitioners should be updated regularly to know the current trends and channels of reporting medical conditions.
Prof. Asindi said Nigeria was the third country that still had polio following Afghanistan and Pakistan.