5 November 2018

Nigeria: Polio - Who Urges FCT Traditional Rulers On Awareness

The FCT coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Furera Zakari, has called on traditional rulers in the area councils to enlighten their subjects to present their children for vaccination during immunisation exercises.

Dr. Zakari, who made the call while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, emphasised the need for children to be immunised against the polio virus to secure their future.

She said the immunisation exercise, which took off on November 3 to end on the 6th, was to ensure children were vaccinated for protection and eradication of the virus in the country.

She noted that polio was a debilitating disease caused by a virus that mainly affects children under five years of age.

"So I want to appeal to parents to present their children for immunisation and if the vaccine does not get to them, they should report to the nearest local government, "she said.

She explained that the polio vaccine was accessible to the masses even in remote locations due to the efforts of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"The only thing is for the parents to be convinced that the vaccine is necessary to save their children's future," she added.

She said the primary healthcare coordinators in the area councils were also committed to educating parents on the importance of polio immunisation in rural communities.

The coordinator, further urged parents and caregivers in the FCT to always see immunisation as the only way to completely eradicate the polio virus in the country.

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