A suspected case of poliomyelitis involving an infant has been detected in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, Channels reports.
According to the report, signs of the disease were detected in one Anthony Edet Eyibio, whose aunt told reporters was noticed when he was about three months old.
She maintained that since the discovery of the symptoms in the child, he has remained without proper medical attention, as the only health facility in the area seemed unable to handle the case.
She, therefore, pleaded with relevant health agencies to come to the aid of Anthony, in order to give him a better hope for the future as he seems to be abandoned by most people around him.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, however insists that Cross River State remains polio-free but added that in order to clear all doubts, a surveillance team has been called to get samples from the child in order to test and have a concrete cause of the partial paralysis.
She then added that until the test results are released, which would take less than a week, the main reason for Anthony’s condition cannot be placed.
It would be recalled that in August last year, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole confirmed a polio outbreak in Gwoza and Jere Local Government Areas (LGA) of Borno State.
Two infected children were identified. According to the minister, the detection of children paralysed by Poliomyelitis shows that surveillance has increased with more access but it is a reminder that the country needs to remain vigilant and immunise all eligible children with polio vaccine until polio is completely eradicated worldwide.