8 February 2013

Nigeria: Kebbi Immunises 1 Million Children Against Polio

The Kebbi Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHDA) said on Friday that one million children had been immunised against Polio and other killer diseases in the state.

Dr Abubakar Koko, the agency's Executive Secretary, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi that the success recorded was sequel to a rigorous house-to-house advocacy conducted by the agency.

Koko said the role of traditional and religious leaders also contributed to the feat, especially attraction of parents to embrace vaccine immunisation.

"In the recent exercise, success had been recorded in the number of children immunised, especially in areas that had been resistant," he said.

Koko also commended the role played by local governments, especially in the provision of additional logistic support and campaign for the success of immunisation.

He, however, decried the poor level of compliance by parents in Jega and Birnin Kebbi Local Government areas.

The executive secretary said "the agency had faced serious rejection of the exercise in these areas, but we will not relent to ensure 100 per cent success".

The state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Shehu Sambawa, told NAN that modalities had been evolved to prosecute erring parents.

Sambawa stressed that the zero-level record of Polio control would be sustained in the state.

"The success recorded would be sustained, especially control at boarder communities to prevent victims from those areas," he said.


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