No outbreak of Polio in Delta-Commissioner.
During the visit by a delegation of the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF), the Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah has said that the Delta state Government has denied reports of an outbreak of Poliomyelitis in some part of the state, saying that the state has not recorded any case of Polio but it nevertheless prepared to contain any outbreak as the state has strong machinery in place to check the outbreak.
According to him, the state has over 200 health care centres spread over all wards in the state, even as he said that maternal and child health care have been of paramount interest to the current administration.
He assured the delegation of the state’s support for its programmes which are still in the pipeline and stressed the need for early notification to enable appropriate preparation. In another development, a group, the South -South chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom (UK) has expressed willingness to partner with the Delta Government to attract foreign investment in the state. Mr. Wilboard Ngambi, the UNICEF delegate stated that concerns rose with the recent polio outbreak in Borno State axis of the country and prompted a higher need to strengthen health care system in the country. He also revealed that UNICEF had opened a new office in Port Harcourt to oversee four states which include; Enugu, Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom and Delta, adding that the essence of coming to Delta State was to seek partnership with the state government.
“Our cardinal goals are centered on water projects, health care for children between 0-5 years which is correlation with what Delta State is doing, voluntary counseling/ testing to check mother to child transfer of HIV and polio eradication.