Polio im­mu­ni­sa­tion holds April 12-15

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abi­gail O. Akhilor

The four-day polio im­mu­ni­sa­tion plus day for the month of April will hold from 12th to 15th in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja.

Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, FCT Pri­mary Health Care De­vel­op­ment Board (FCTPHCDB), Dr. Ril­wanu Mo­hammed, re­vealed this at the open­ing of a train-thetrainer work­shop, say­ing 110 pri­vate clin­ics would be in­volved in the cam­paign.

He said though the FCT is no longer a high risk state, rou­tine im­mu­ni­sa­tion will con­tinue from house to house, adding that this will help check the out­break of polio in the FCT.

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sec­re­tary used the work­shop to present awards to some mem­bers of the polio im­mu­ni­sa­tion cam­paign in recog­ni­tion for hard work.

He said the aim was to re­ward few people who are do­ing very well from the 62 fo­cal per­sons, su­per­vi­sors and mon­i­tors who are di­rectly in­volved in the polio im­mu­ni­sa­tion ex­er­cise.

Dr. Mo­hammed called on res­i­dents to im­bibe the spirit of good per­sonal hy­giene in or­der to check con­ta­gious dis­eases and make sure that the en­vi­ron­ment is kept clean al­ways.

One of the awardees, Dr. Sala­matu Bel­gore, a staff of the im­mu­ni­sa­tion unit of FCTPHCDB, Abuja, who spoke on be­half of the awardees, said she was elated and thanked the board for the recog­ni­tion. Corps mem­bers have been urged to take ad­van­tage of the pro­posed in­ter­est free loan scheme by the federal govern­ment to start their own businesses in or­der to im­prove their lives and the na­tion.

Youth De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Boni Haruna, gave the ad­vice at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the 2014 Batch ‘A’ ori­en­ta­tion course.

He said the ges­ture is tar­geted at en­cour­ag­ing corps mem­bers with rel­e­vant skills to find al­ter­na­tives to the grossly dwin­dling white col­lar jobs.

The min­is­ter, rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor, Net­work and So­cial Mo­bil­i­sa­tion in the min­istry, Ab­dulrazak Salau, re­as­sured the corps mem­bers that curb­ing un­em­ploy­ment among the youth still re­mains a top pri­or­ity of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Also speak­ing, FCT Min­is­ter of State, Ola­jumoke Ak­in­jide, en­joined the corps mem­bers to take their pri­mary as­sign­ments se­ri­ously as the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion would mon­i­tor their work through­out the ser­vice year to en­sure pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Rep­re­sented by the Chair­man, NYSC Gov­ern­ing Board, Bless­ing Onu, the min­is­ter also urged them to ac­cept their post­ings in good faith and to re­port to places of their pri­mary as­sign­ment early.

PHOTO:

A woman wash­ing lo­cust beans at Kanzo vil­lage in Kuje Area Coun­cil on Satur­day.

ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

By Emma Elekwa

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