In its final push to eradicate polio in the country, the federal government says it’s currently carrying out routine immunisation exercise in 96 internally displaced camps (IDPs) across the country. This was disclosed yesterday in Abuja by the executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammed ,to Flagg off the October 2015 Polio Immunisation Plus Days. He said that in the Federal Capital Territory, the Feeral Government through the agency has provided four rounds of the immunisation campaign so that every eligible child would be reached during the programme.
He also disclosed that the next polio immunisation campaign in 11 polio vulnerable states, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara commences tommorrow. According to Ado, a total of 32 million children are being targeted during the campaign across the vulnerable states. He also solicited for the continued support of all Nigerians, especially the press to be advocates of continous vaccination of children in the country until the World Health Organisation (WHO) certifies Nigeria a polio-free country in 2017.
“We will be relying on you to continue to sensitize our people on the benefits of immunisation and the risk of non- vaccination as we cannot afford a reversal of the gains we have made.”