Polio: Niger targets 2.2m children for immunisation
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.