4 may. 2012

Hundreds of doctors and survivors of polio virus

Hundreds of doctors and survivors of polio virus Thursday morning marched through the streets of Abuja in efforts to "renew vigour" in a fight to break transmission of wild polio virus in Nigeria.
At least 23 cases of the virus were reported last April, up from 14 in March.
Niger and Sokoto states recorded their first cases this year, three and two respectively.
President of Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Omede Idris, said doctors would continue
everything possible to stop further transmission of the virus.
"It is important that we renew vigour to eradicate polio," said Dr Idris.
 "We are interested as medical practitioners" to ensure a break in transmission.
Executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency,
Dr Muhammad Ado, said the "issue of wild polio virus has become a war.
"There is no reason whatsoever for any Nigerian child to go down with paralysis," he said.
A group of survivors of polio virus joined doctors in the walk from the
Federal Secretariat at 6.30 early .
Thursday morning.
"Each and every case of a Nigerian child paralysed
is embarrassing and, to us, that cannot continue,"said Ado.
He noted a crippled child compromised "our ability as a country to meet our economic expectation."
The walk was a clear message to doctors to give their support in ensuring to child goes down with 
paralysis, he said.
Nigerian Medical Association has insisted the country's polio case is untenable when it does not
 have pockets of war as do Pakistan and Afghanistan, only two still polio-endemic countries.
India, which left the league of four endemic countries this year, is also thought to have more pressing environmental and poverty challenges.
Omede insisted there was "nothing against the use of polio vaccine," referring to objections to
 the vaccine.
"It does not cause any deformity. It is important that parents allow their children be vaccinated,
" he noted.
A fresh round of nationwide vaccination is scheduled for this month.
"If we do that, we would have done one good thing for many generations of our country."
Not left behind
Parents are still "rejecting polio vaccination, despite the fact that we are living with it
," says Lawan Didi, president of The Association of Polio Survivors of Nigeria, who was struck
 by the virus as a child.
Children struck by polio-induced paralysis end up in wheelchairs or roller skates as adults.
And their biggest problem is movement, says Didi, who was moved piggyback by relatives 
up until he was 18. "Wherever we go, we must look for assistance to get there."
He and other survivors of polio joined the walk on rollers because, he said,
 "We should not left behind.
"As polio survivors, we know where it pinches. We wear the shoes."
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