In response to the cholera outbreak in Adamawa State, the World Health Organization has begun the first round of the two-phase oral vaccination (OCV). This statement was released by the organization on Tuesday, to kicks-off the campaign in high-risk wards of Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha local government areas (LGAs) of Adamawa. The vaccination campaign is to be implemented from June 10 to 17, 2018.
With over 1500 suspected cases and 25 reported death, WHO said this is the first ever cholera vaccination exercise in the state, following the release of 750,000 doses of OCV by International Coordinating Group (ICG). WHO said, “The initial batch of 378,815 doses of the vaccine has already been delivered to Nigeria for the first round of the campaign while vaccines for the second round will be released based on successful implementation and report of the first round.”
The commissioner of health in the state, Fatima Abubakar, said since the confirmation of cholera on May 12, a swift outbreak response has been initiated and initiative taken includes active house-to-house case search, case management and WASH activities being implemented to ensure the outbreak is controlled in time.
The WHO Country Representative, Wondi Alemu, said with funding support from GAVI Alliance, WHO is providing technical support to the health authorities at the state, LGA and communities levels to ensure quality implementation of the vaccination exercise.

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