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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group, Journalist Initiative on Immunization Against Polio, (JAP), with the World Health Organization, (WHO), and other partners on Thursday, joined the State Primary Health Care to called on parents and caregivers to ensure their children were vaccinated.
In a statement to mark the 2019 World Polio Day in Kaduna signed by the State Coordinator of JAP, Mallam Lawal Dogara, reiterated the State Government and Development partners’ commitment to the total eradication of polio virus.
JAP urged parents to ensure that their children were not left out in the exercise; adding that the 2019 World Polio Day is an opportunity for global polio eradication.
The group commended Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and his Deputy Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a former Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency for their efforts toward enhancing the health sector.
The group appealed to traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents, proprietors of schools, among others to continue to educate their followers and allow all eligible children to be vaccinated to ensure adequate protection against childhood killer diseases.
“Tremendous achievements were recorded from December 2012 to date. Since the last four reported cases in 2014 in Borno State, Nigeria has remain polio free for close to 4 years now.
“The country and African continent as a whole is preparing to be satisfied polio free.
“Kaduna state in particular did not record any case of wild polio virus since November, 2012.”
“In view of the intensified efforts to ensure total eradication of Polio in Kaduna State, the State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with all the development partners are working hard to achieving the desired result,” the statement reads.