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FCT Administration launches National Immunisation Plus Days, targets 976,003 children

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(2020) The FCT Administration on Friday launched the February 2020 National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in the FCT.

The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, launched the programme at the Dutse-Makaranta Primary Health Centre, Bwari Area Council.

Aliyu, in her Keynote Address, said that the exercise, using 1,631 teams within the territory, was expected to immunise 976,003 eligible children with the potent Oral Polio Vaccine.

She reiterated Federal Government’s determination to achieve the goal of eradicating poliomyelitis, commonly known as polio, through quality routine immunisation in the country.

She added that “Nigeria, in the next few months will  achieve the Africa Regional certification as polio-free nation.

“The FCT, which has been polio-free for over six years, should not create an environment for the transmission of the disease.

“Therefore, a continuation of the effort at achieving a polio-free FCT and Nigeria as a whole, the FCT and all the 36 states are participating in this first round of the programme.

“The FCT is expected to immunise 976,003 eligible children, using 1,631 teams.

“We are committed to this cause and we assure adequate support to the programme so that  quality implementation of the exercise is carried out in the territory.”

Aliyu also urged the Chairmen of the six area councils in the territory, as well as traditional leaders to ensure full participation in the exercise to end the disease, and also ensure there was no case of noncompliance.

This, she added, would contribute to the reduction of child mortality from the vaccine-preventable illness in communities.

The minister also urged residents, especially nursing mothers, to practise both personal and environmental hygiene through handwashing and disposal of wastes far from the home.

The practice, she added, would help to check communicable diseases like Lassa Fever, which she said, was mostly caused by keeping unhygienic environment.

Mr Adamu Danze, the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, who spoke on behalf of the council chairmen, pledged full compliance to the exercise.

According to him, the FCT Administration has shown much commitment toward the health sector, leaving no stone unturned and so, deserves the support of the people.

He called on the people, especially mothers, to take the exercise seriously by informing others who may not be aware, to participate.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the four-day NIPDs is scheduled to commence on Saturday, Feb. 15 up until  Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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