COVID-19 pandemic fuels vaccine-derived poliovirus in 22 states –Panel

25 OCTOBER 2021

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee has said that the country is currently witnessing an outbreak of the vaccine-derived poliovirus also known as the CVDPV2 in 22 states of the federation.

This was contained in a newsletter made available to our correspondent in Abuja by the Chairman of the committee, Dr. Tunji Funso.

According to Funso, the outbreak of the CVDPV2 is due to a break in polio vaccination as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also called on state governors to realise the need to speed up the rate of routine immunisation.

He said, “The COVID-19 pandemic led to the halting of both routine immunisation and mass campaigns and the seeding of the virus into the environment by the use of mOPV2 earlier this year.

“Now that we have these outbreaks, the Nigeria Polio Programme has been doing a lot to stem it but there are gaps in the many outbreak responses.

“The challenge is the quality of the campaign and the timelines; outbreak responses should be swift, of high quality and also repeated in a timely manner.

“State governors need to appreciate the urgency of the challenge and to provide adequate resources for timely execution of quality campaigns to terminate the outbreaks currently affecting 22 states in both the northern and southern parts of the country.”

SOURCE: THE PUNCH

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