AFP(Acute flaccid paralysis) surveillance in Kabobe Kebele of Mustahil Woreda

                                        “Supporting our community voluntarily is our pride”

Polio is highly infectious viral disease which mainly effects young children, the virus spreads from person to person through the  fecal-oral route or less frequently through droplets from a sneeze or cough and contaminated water or food and multiplies in the intestine from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.So to eradicate polio disease in Ethiopia with the support of NGOs working in the country, the Core Group Polio Project (CGPP) is a multi-country multi-partner initiative providing financial support and on the ground technical guidance and support to strengthen host country effort to eradicate polio.Mustahil Woreda is one of the areas failed to report AFP cases for the last two years and bordered by Somalia.Our well established and trained Community volunteers (CV), Bisharo Ahmed Shugri working at Kabobe Kebele of Mustahil Woreda closely with the assigned HEW has finally succeeded to report one Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) case from this Kebele after enormous effort of active AFP case searching and lifted about AFP’s reporting drought after 2 years.

Abdisuge  Abshir  Abukar  aged of 16 months, paralyzed of both lower extremity on January 14, 2019 is the AFP case identified by the community volunteer.“I am devoted to serve my community willingly to be part on the efforts of eradicating polio through active case searching at house hold level, providing health education sessions on Polio, Measles and Neonatal Tetanus” says Bisharo. Community volunteers also teaches communities at large on how to be helpful of immunization practices to make sure their children’s get the required antigens to have better health outcome as well as healthy community.“After learning the importance of vaccines and seriousness of the vaccine preventable diseases through the community volunteers, our household is started benefitting all accessible health services” says Nasro Shide of Abdi Suge’s mother Core Group Polio Project implemented by OWDA supports strengthening routine immunization services, community based surveillance activities and capacitating health workers and communities in order to achieve projects general and specific objectives.

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