Polio: SPHCDA targets 1,910,065 children for immunization

BY Abubakar MOHAMMED

Information Officer

Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency says it will immunise no fewer than 1,910,065 children against polio in the April round of the exercise.
The state immunization office Mr. Yusuf Sani said this on Friday during the meeting with state supervisors posted to supervised the implementation of the exercise in all LGAS
Sani explained that the NIPDs is a national strategy to vaccinate children from birth to five years against poliomyelitis, which would also serve as booster dose for children already vaccinated.
He said the immunization plus days would avail children who missed vaccination during the routine and previous supplementary immunization days.
He commended the efforts of Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Health Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar, for her personal involvement in mobilising state citizens to accept vaccination for their children.
According to him, the exercise will hold between Saturday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 10.
The Director, disease control and immunization, Dr. Ujulu Amos said the state perimary health care development agency is fully committed to eradicating polio in the state. “ with the support we are getting from state Saving One Million Lives Program, all eligible children in the state will be immunized” He Said
Dr. Ujulu added that no case of polio had been recorded in the state since  2009, SPHCDA and partners had expanded immunization services to many places like Internally Displaced Person’s camps, nomadic settlements, security checks points and motor parks.

In an exclusive interview with the Hon. Commissioner Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar she said funds to support state supervision and other logistics have been released  prior to  exercise to ensure successful implementation.
Dr. Fatima attributed the success to sustained collaboration with partners including WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, CDC, traditional and religious leaders as well as the media.
“I want to use this opportunity to remind us that polio is a dangerous disease that cripples or even kills children, it is an infectious disease which is spread by infected children who have not received required doses of polio vaccine. “Once a child is paralyzed there is no cure, he or she will be for life, therefore protecting our children from polio virus is necessary and paramount. I want enjoin all of us to participate by bringing our children for immunization, I am calling on mothers to bring out their children for immunization ”, she said

“we are calling on all local government councils Chairmen and executive secretaries of PHC Authorities to support polio eradication initiative and routine immunization activities by personally supervised the implementation exercise in their respective LGAs.” She concluded