25 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Reassures On Polio Eradication

The Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication says it will intensify efforts to eradicate polio despite recent killings of 10 field vaccinators in Kano and three Korean doctors in Yobe.

The chairman of the taskforce and Minister of State for Health Muhammad Pate said support coming from state governors and families of the victims indicated that attacks "should not deter the good work that is being done to protect the children."

As the taskforce met for the first time with traditional leaders since the killings, Pate said, "we will continue to explain the importance of getting children immunised and the protection that is needed for health workers that are out there doing good work and to encourage health workers not to be cowed into submitting to the efforts of those who attack health workers."

World Health Organisation's Regional Representative, Dr Louis Sambo said the global body would continue its assistance to intensify integrated routine immunization programme to help eradicate polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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