Gombe in danger after three polio-free years

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 31st, 2014
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After almost three years of being polio-free, Gombe State seems to be at risk of the disease and other contagious childhood killer-ailments.

This followed the discovery of measles among refugees, who trooped in from Borno State into Gombe.

Chairman of the National Association of Community Health Practitioners, Mohammed Kabir Babangida dropped the hint at the Internally Displaced Persons camp.

He said they have immunised 110 in a camp that is believed to hold more than 250 children, adding that they were frustrated by non-compliance to the immunisation programme by the IDPs.

“We gave them health talks to sensitise them on personal hygiene, environmental hygiene and other clinical issues before embarking on immunisation because we realise they avoid immunisation,” he said.

The UNICEF D Field in Bauchi, which also controls Gombe State, has donated relief materials worth millions of naira to the IDP camp.

Ajiya Thomas, who brought the items, said they include learning materials for school children, blankets, vaccines, food items and other household items.

Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency Dr. Danlami Arabs Rukujei said they have been working with NEMA in the provision of food and other items to the refugees.

Not less than 500 adult IDPs were said to have been registered last week, with more coming in.


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