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Emir calls for synergy in fight against polio

Emir of Dass administering oral immunisation to a child in Bauchi. Photo: Murtala Muhammad

Nigerians have been urged to sustain the Polio-Free status achieved in the country, by ensuring continuous routine immunisation for children under 5 years old.

Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman made the call at an event commemorating this year’s World Polio Day, themed “Keep Polio @ Zero”, held in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman said although the country has been certified Polio-free, there was the need for all and sundry to sustain the gains to avert its resurgence.

He advised parents not to relent in their support and cooperation to the frontline health workers who are doing all their best in ensuring that children in all nooks and crannies of the country were fully immunised.

Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed emphasised the need for all stakeholders to maintain routine immunisation and surveillance systems for the sustenance of the Polio-free status achieved so far.

Representatives of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Integrated Health Programme (IHP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other partners commended the country’s traditional and religious leaders as well as Voluntary Community Mobilisers (VCM) for their efforts in achieving the feat.

The World Polio Day is annually celebrated on October 24, to create awareness on the dangers of the Wild Polio virus.

Murtala Muhammad

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