How Delta Attained Zero Polio Status —PHCD Boss

Establishment and strengthening of health facilities in the 25 local government areas of Delta State account for the zero report of polio recorded in the state since 2010, an official has said.
Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Winful Gbubemi, who stated this in Asaba, said the measure would be sustained to attain the target of permanent eradication of the disease in the state.
Gbubemi told journalists in Asaba that the state hospitals and health centres were fully fortified to handle any outbreak of polio and other diseases.
He said that every facility and manpower needed for all immunization exercises had been provided in all the health centres, which he added, had been replicated in nearly every ward in the state.
Gbubemi said that government’s intention was to ensure accessibility of the facilities to all rural dwellers, stressing that the state was determined to be recording 100 per cent coverage in all the areas during any exercise.
“Apart from the routine immunization, when we visit rural communities to vaccinate children, we also carry out campaigns where we give health talks to mothers to encourage them to take their children for vaccinations.
“The state is doing a lot in that regards. Health centers are springing up in every nook and cranny of the state, every ward now has at least, one health centre,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
“So what we are trying to do is to ensure that mothers take advantage of these health centres which government has provided in their locality, to vaccinate their children and also access other healthcare intervention programmes.’’
Gbubemi disclosed that the state had set up a surveillance team that was charged with the responsibility of monitoring children with “weakness of the limb”.
Although he did not disclose the number, the director said that children suspected to have the limb weakness condition, otherwise known as Active Flaccid Paralysis, had undergone investigations.
He explained that the health challenge was often caused by polio but said that the result of the tests on the children was negative for all them.