Chris Steven, Abuja
Contrary to media report, the acting Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Emmanuel Odu has said that there was no case of polio outbreak in Cross River State.
While addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday following a report that a suspected case of polio was seen in Cross River State, Dr. Odu said that NPHCDA deployed its technical and development partner representatives to Odukpani local government of the state to evaluate the child reported to have the polio case.
He however disclosed that feature found on the child were not consistent with those of Poliomyelitis saying a two year old male child with a history of a deformity which was observed at birth for which he was attended by a local bone setterbp at the age of three weeks.
According to him, the boy has been administered with six doses of Oral Polio Vaccine in his course of life . ” No recent history of fever”, he added
“Physical assessment or examination revealed that the sign that suggests complications of Polio Virus infection were not present in this child. Let me describe the sign to you.
A leg or muscles paralysed by polio would be flaccid , that is loose , very weak, flabby or soft . These were not found on the child. Rather, a clubfoot of the right leg was found. It is known in medical circles as Talipes a condition in which one or both feet were twisted into an abnormal position, usually at birth” he explained
He said efforts were on to quickly detect any case of any child paralysed by polio noting that this is being done through an effective nationwide surveillance system which the Federal Government has put in place.