21 November 2012

Nigeria: Polio - Borno to Immunize One Million Children

Maiduguri — The Borno State government at the weekend said no fewer than one million children between the ages of 0 to 59 months are expected to be immunized against the polio virus during the National Immunization Plus Days, this month.

The state's Commissioner for Health, Dr Salma Anas Kolo, disclosed this after flagging off the exercise in Damasak town, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of the state.

Dr Kolo said government has done everything within its powers to ensure a successful conduct of the exercise across the 27 local government areas. According to her, government has embarked on aggressive campaigns to enlighten parents and guardians, especially in the rural areas on the need to present their children for immunization.

"In a bid to ensure that set targets are achieved, the governor held a sensitization meeting with chairmen of the 27 local councils on how to forestall possible hitches that may frustrate the exercise," she added.

She added that the state task force on the eradication of polio has also met to fashion out plans on how to ensure a hitch free exercise.

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