Leadership (Abuja)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: Emir Advocates Continuous Immunisation to Check Polio

The Emir of Ningi, Alhaji Yunusa Danyaya, on Saturday suggested that Polio Immunisation Plus Days should be continuous to achieve positive results in the polio eradication campaign.

Danyaya made the suggestion at the launch of the November rounds of the immunisation plus days in Ningi, Bauchi State.

He said that the exercise should be scaled up to ensure adequate coverage of target populations, especially the unreached.

"The immunisation days should be conducted at all times so that the targeted children will be captured, not the way it is done for a period and it ends there, till after a while then another round will be administered," he said.

He expressed disappointment that Ningi Local Government Area was listed among the risk areas in the state.

Mohammed reminded the gathering of the importance of traditional rulers in national development and said they should be carried along to achieve success in the polio eradication campaign.

In his speech, Gov. Isa Yuguda urged the public to maintain personal and environmental hygiene in order to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.

Yuguda, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sagir Saleh, said that parents should avail their children of the immunisation exercise.

Earlier, Alhaji Usman Biliyaminu Othman, the Emir of Dass and Chairman, Bauchi State Social Mobilisation Committee, urged health workers to be diligent in their jobs.

He said the government had expressed its readiness to sanction any worker found wanting during the on-going polio campaign.

He said that the state government had directed all local government caretaker committee chairmen and stakeholders to remain in their areas to ensure effective supervision and monitoring of the exercise.

The Immunisation Plus Days will run from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20.

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