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Poliomyelitis Is Deadly – Medic 

A medic, Dr. Fabrice Fokoue, has stated that, among some of the diseases that are very deadly in the society today is poliomyelitis, which affects both children and pregnant women.

Dr. Fokoue said poliomyelitis is a virus, caused by the polio virus, which affects children and pregnant women.

The disease is a high viral infection that can lead to paralysis, breathing problems or death.
Vaccination campaigns against the disease are currently ongoing in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon.
Dr. Fokoue said any suspected case of polio with the following signs; muscle weakness, fever, acute flaccid paralysis abdominal and extremity pains, vomiting and irritability should be immediately reported to any health facility.

“Poliomyelitis is an infectious and highly contagious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis and sometimes death.
“When patients come in with such symptoms, we make a stool evaluation and the sample is taken to Yaounde for examination.”

Dr. Fokoue said poliomyelitis is very dangerous and there is no treatment for it, but a vaccine to prevent people from contracting the illness. He said everyone should make sure that their children get the vaccine. He said if children are not vaccinated, it destroys the efforts made by health authorities.

The vaccination this year has been changed; it is an injection that is being given to the children; unlike in 2014 that the vaccination was dropped in the children’s mouths.
The risk of international spread of polio is high with the large movement of people and goods from one place to another.

“Polio is a health problem because it causes disability and when one is disabled, he/she is not very useful to the society,” the medic said.

He said, though vaccination teams move from door to door, parents should endeavour to take their children to the hospital for regular checkups.
In order to tackle the epidemic, he said, the Government has organised campaigns that are currently going on in various health centres.

By Carol Atah & Nancy Ngenge (NPB Student on Internship)

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