The Federal Government yesterday dispelled rumours that there are fresh outbreaks of a new poliovirus across the country.
It stated that while there is no outbreak of the wild poliovirus (WPV), there have however been 395 cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) reported across 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The government, however, assured Nigerians that it has already acquired new tools and resources to contain the outbreaks through robust outbreak responses, using the novel Oral Polio Vaccine (nOPV2) which has been shown to be effective in halting the spread of the cMPV2.
“Nigeria and the African region were certified Wild Polio Virus (WPV) free in 2020, following a rigorous verification and certification process by the African Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (ARCC) which spanned three years of no detection of WPV. To date, there has been no case of WPV anywhere in the country.”