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FCT official urges council chairmen to help end polio

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Malam Musa Abdulraheem, Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) wants council chairmen in the territory to be part of efforts at ending polio.

Abdulraheem made the call on Friday, at the launch of implementation of the first round of Polio National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in the FCT, scheduled to hold between July 20 and 24.

He called on the area council chairmen and traditional leaders to take up the challenge and be personally involved in the campaign to eradicate polio virus in the FCT and environs.

He charged the chairmen and traditional rulers to strengthen routine immunisation through active supervision of all NIPDs and Routine Immunisation (RI) activities in their various councils and communities.

According to him, they should make sure there was no case of non-compliance in their domains.

The Acting Secretary also urged them to ensure the release of area council counterpart fund at least one week prior to Out Break Response (OBR) immunisation and attending daily evening review meetings.

He said that the Federal Government had earlier this year, demonstrated its commitment to the achievement of the goal of achieving polio eradication and institutionalisation of quality routine immunisation in Nigeria.

“With the support of all relevant stakeholders, FCT was able to immunise 845, 924 eligible children with potent Oral Polio vaccine, achieving a 97.3 per cent monitoring coverage between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28 OBR.

“The FCT task force on polio eradication initiative and strengthening routine immunisation is the relevant structure necessary to institutionalise quality planning, implementation and evaluation of all supplementary and routine immunisation activities in the FCT since 2016.

Abdulraheem said the FCT administration was committed to the cause of ending the virus and called on all stakeholders to ensure the success of the forthcoming exercise.

Mr Ndaeyo Ewot, Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, said the board was ready to embark on the exercise, adding that 9,000 field workers were already on ground to cover.

Ewot said the board would ensure that field workers reached Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the FCT and Ruga communities to administer vaccines to children in those settlements.

Malam Usman Nga-Kupi, the Chief of Garki, promised to mobilise his community for the exercise.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that a representative of the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was at the event.

The UNICEF representative is in the country to certify that Nigeria is totally free from the virus after the immunization.

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