By G9ija

Thirty-eight (38) confirmed cases of mutant polio virus, type 2 (Cmpv2) have been recorded in 12 local government areas of Bauchi State, the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), has said.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, the Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA disclosed this in Bauchi when he flagged-off the vaccination exercise against the virus at Bayan Fada.

According to Mohammed, the affected local government areas are Toro, Warji, Darazo, Misau, Dambam, Zaki, Jamaare, Alkaleri, Ganjuwa, Bauchi, Katagum and Shira.

The Executive chairman explained that the target population during the vaccination exercise is children under 5 years, with a total of 2,286,057, stressing that the vaccines so far received stood at 2,367,450.

Rilwanu stated that they conducted inter/intra-state border synchronisation meetings between Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Bauchi.

According to him, WHO and UNICEF had catered for the implementation of DOPV strategy in all high-risk local government areas in the State.

The resurgence of the polio virus in the country came after a few years of polio-free certification.