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National stop transmission of polio (N STOP) campaign in Northern Nigeria

Aishatu Abubakar-Sadiq - Women and Children’s Hospital, Kaduna State, Nigeria

by Lynn Gertiser

These pictures display field activities done with the National stop transmission of polio (N STOP) campaign in Northern Nigeria. Polio transmission is ongoing in Nigeria and most cases of wild poliovirus have been reported among Nomadic children. These communities, prevalent in the north, are completely missed or partially covered during immunization activities. N STOP trained officers are sent to enumerate these settlements, monitor special teams assigned to them and immunize missed children.

National stop transmission of polio (N STOP) campaign in Northern Nigeria - Aishatu Abubakar-Sadiq

The first child I encountered in this Nomadic settlement was a zero dose three-month-old female who refused the vaccine and cried incessantly, we saved her for last. On our return we had to take her outside the hut, where looking at the sky and smiling she accepted the vaccine.
Place: Nomadic settlement in Orozo ward, Abuja municipal area council, Nigeria.
Date: August 2013.

 

National stop transmission of polio (N STOP) campaign in Northern Nigeria - Aishatu Abubakar-Sadiq

Enumeration forms used in Nomadic settlements include demographic information. Older residents have proven to have the best source information on community members. This in the absence of reliable registration data serves as our only source of population data. Here I am interviewing the elderly mother of the settlement (Ruga) headman.
Place: Nomadic settlement in Orozo ward, Abuja municipal area council, Nigeria.
Date: August 2013.