Immunisation against polio: 1.1 million children to be immunised in Adamawa

Immunisation against polio: 1.1 million children to be immunised in Adamawa

- In the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa, no fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio

- The exercise was said to have started on Saturday, March 16, and will come to a halt on Tuesday, March 19

- The information officer of the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, says effort to eradicate polio was spearheaded by Global Polio Eradication Initiative

No fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio in the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa.

The information officer of the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, made this known in Yola on Monday, March 18, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Abubakar said the four-day exercise under Supplementary Immunisation Plus Days 1 (SIPDs1) which started on Saturday, March 16 would be concluded on Tuesday, March 19.

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He said in a statement that 1,685 teams comprising vaccinators and mobilisers were engaged in the exercise in the 21 local government areas of the state.

Abubakar noted that the effort to eradicate polio was spearheaded by Global Polio Eradication Initiative, led by the federal government with support from World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also supported the exercise.

Speaking on the exercise in Yola North local government, the executive secretary of the Local Government Primary Healthcare Department, Malam Salihu Bello, said the exercise was moving smoothly.

Bello said that over 80,000 children were expected to be immunised in the area.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was conferred with the prestigious polio champion award in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme across Nigeria.

The president of the Rotary International (RI), Barry Rassin, who was on a four-day official visit to Nigeria, presented the award to President Buhari at State House, Abuja, on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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The award was instituted by Rotary International in 1995 to recognise and appreciate heads of governments and organisations that had played a key role in polio eradication around the world.

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