28 January 2013

Nigeria: Rally in Sokoto Against Polio

Sokoto — As part of efforts towards eradication polio in Nigeria, some victims of the disease yesterday held a rally against it in Sokoto.

The rally, which was organized by the National Polio Victims Trust Association, took the participants round the streets of Sokoto and ended at the Sultan Palace Sokoto.

They stressed the need to ensure all eligible children are fully immunized against the disease including those areas hard to reach.

Addressing the polio victims, Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar, who was represented by District Head of Bodinga Alhaji Bello Abdulra'uf assured that they would sustain current efforts in massively sensitizing parents that the polio vaccine is safe for their children.

While noting that there some religious, political and cultural reasons that make some parents to reject the polio vaccine, the sultan however said they are working round the clock to redress the situation.

National president of the association Alhaji Aminu Tudun-Wada urged parents to allow their children to be immunized against the disease.

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