11 March 2013

Nigeria: Stop Propaganda Against Polio Vaccination - Minister

Abuja — Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Olajumoke Akinjide, said yesterday that the FCT administration would not hesitate to deal with those sponsoring evil propaganda against polio vaccination.

She stated this while flagging-off a four-day polio immunisation at the Family Health Clinic, Abuja.

She said it was unfortunate that after being polio free for two years, the territory recorded about three cases of polio in the last three months.

"We are overhauling every process to see that every child receives immunisation. We want to warn those spreading propaganda against polio vaccination to stop or the FCTA will be forced to take an action against them," she said.

Akinjide regretted that after two years of being polio free, the FCT had had three cases of Wild Polio Virus in the last three months.

According to her, Nigeria is the only country in Africa that harbours the virus.

"Living in and keeping a clean environment, good environmental sanitation and hand washing practice is very important in the fight against polio disease."

She urged parents to avail their children and wards the opportunity to be immunised in the ongoing programme.

Immunisation Plus Days which is currently ongoing.

Earlier in his remark, Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, said the re-emergence of the disease in the FCT was a wake up call for everybody.

He told the minister that the board had ensured that trained vaccinators were mobilised, saying "we are going round to monitor what is going on in the area councils."

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