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NPI, WHO Seek Understanding of Polio Virus
By Bayo Adeleke and Adebayo Aderoju

National Polio Immuni -sation (NPI) South west zone and World Health Organisation (WHO), are seeking mass understanding of wild polio virus to curb its spread.

The team, who was in THISDAY corporate headquaters in Lagos yesterday disclosed that the purpose of their visit is to sensitise the nation about health implication of the disease.

The campaign, according to the World Health Organisation, would involve the assistance of stakeholders including the mass media, adding that "polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus and mostly affects children under five years of age.

The virus invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hour,"Chima Onuekwe, Immunization Officer at WHO said.

Onuekwe said the virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine, pointing out that the initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs.

"One in 200 infections leads to irrversible paralysis usually in the legs and among those paralysed, five per cent to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscle become immobilised".

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