Polio: Niger tar­gets 2.2m chil­dren for im­mu­ni­sa­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Minna

Niger State Gover­nor Ba­bangida Aliyu has said that the state is tar­get­ing 2.2 mil­lion chil­dren for im­mu­niza­tion against polio dur­ing the Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Plus Days cam­paign.

Speak­ing at the launch of the cam­paign at the weekend in Minna, the gover­nor who was rep­re­sented by his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to the erad­i­ca­tion of polio virus through con­stant sur­veil­lance of the state’s bor­der ar­eas.

“This flag off cer­e­mony is one of the strate­gies put in place to en­sure our com­mu­ni­ties are sen­si­tised and en­cour­aged to em­brace the con­cept of pre­ven­tive medicine in vac­ci­na­tion against child killer dis­eases,” he said.

He added that per­son­nel for the ex­er­cise have been ad­e­quately trained on the best ap­proach of tack­ling cases of ap­a­thy by par­ents.

“I urge all and sundry, es­pe­cially youths, par­ents, care­givers and school teach­ers to come out and mo­bilise people to re­ceive polio vac­cines to en­sure that this dis­ease is com­pletely erad­i­cated,” he said.

The gover­nor said the state has been able to check the spread of the virus since 2012, as­sur­ing of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to work with stake­hold­ers with a view to erad­i­cat­ing the virus by the end of this year.

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