31 October 2012

Nigeria: Polio - Katsina Reintroduces Monthly Sanitation

Katsina — The Katsina State government has reintroduced the monthly environmental sanitation to fight polio in the state. Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the stakeholders' meeting on polio yesterday, the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Gide Sani Batagarawa, said the three-hour sanitation exercise would begin from this month.

The commissioner noted that experts had identi-fied poor sanitary environment as one of the causes of polio disease, saying as part of its efforts to eradicate the disease from Katsina, the state government had resolved to reintroduce the exercise in the state.

He assured that the sanitation exercise would greatly help in the ongoing crusade against polio.

"Security agencies will be on the alert to restrict movement between 7am and 10am of the last Saturday of every month. The government will provide necessary support to security agencies for the rebirth of the monthly sanitation exercise," he said.

He called on the people of the state to comply with the exercise by cleaning their environments, saying the exercise is for their own good.

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