Nigeria reports first polio cases in two years: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland Updated: Aug 12, 2016, 11:20 AM(IST)

Nigerian health workers (in photo) carry vaccination kits at a distribution centre ahead of the start of a nationwide polio immunization campaign. Photograph:( Reuters )

Nigeria has reported that two children in Borno state have been paralysed by polio, the first cases of the disease in the country in two years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Nigeria and the UN agency are conducting immunisation campaigns and strengthening surveillance systems that help catch the virus early, the WHO said in a statement on the latest setback to its global programme to eradicate polio.

"The overriding priority now is to rapidly immunise all children around the affected area and ensure that no other children succumb to this terrible disease," said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have also reported polio this year, with 21 cases to date, WHO said.

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