Po­lio sur­vivors rally for sus­tained fight against virus

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

Hun­dreds of peo­ple crip­pled af­ter be­ing af­flicted by po­liomyeli­tis in child­hood thronged Abuja on roller blades on Satur­day morn­ing to raise aware­ness about the need for Nige­ria to con­tinue fight­ing Po­lio un­til the dis­ease is hope­fully erad­i­cated by 2017.

It comes af­ter Nige­ria suc­cess­fully in­ter­rupted trans­mis­sion of wild po­lio virus af­ter no new in­fec­tion was recorded for the last 15 months.

The 2km road walk to mark World Po­lio Day saw mem­bers of the Po­lio Sur­vivors Group trekking from Old Pa­rade Ground in Garki, Area 10, round an en­tire city block, a walk that lasted more than an hour, while po­lice, the Fed­eral Road Safety Corps and Civil Defence mounted se­cu­rity.

Chair­man of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s Nige­ria Na­tional Po­lio Plus Com­mit­tee, Dr Tunji Fun­sho, said they have made a prom­ise to the chil­dren of the world to erad­i­cate po­lio and warned against com­pla­cency which could bring back the virus.

Dr Rilwan Mo­hammed, head of the FCT Pri­mary Health Care De­vel­op­ment Agency, speak­ing on be­half of the FCT per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, John Chukwu, said health work­ers would work to main­tain Nige­ria’s re­moval from list of po­lio-en­demic coun­tries by shoring up rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion and ac­tive sur­veil­lance.

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