Polio: Kaduna Govt to immunise 3m children

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Gov Nasir El-rufai
Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State wants a polio free environment

By Stella Kabruk

The Kaduna State Government says it will immunise three million children under the age of five years against Polio within five days.

The government said it would achieve this goal through the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (KDPHCDA) with the support of stakeholders.

This is contained in a statement signed by Malam Hamza Ikara, the Deputy Director, KDPHCDA; and the State Coordinator, Journalists Initiative on immunisation Against Polio (JAP), Mr Lawal Dagara, made available to NAN on Thursday in Kaduna.

It said the exercise, which would be conducted on the streets, house to house and markets, would last between March 23 and March 28.

The statement explained that adequate arrangements have been made by the state government and development partners to achieve the desired result on total eradication of polio in the state.

It said that other interventions would be provided at health camps especially at the high risk areas.

Also in the statement, the Executive Secretary of the KDPHCDA, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, called on parents and caregivers to ensure they avail their children for polio vaccination during the March 2017 IPDs.

Balarabe commended traditional rulers, religious leaders, journalists and other stakeholders for their support and urged them to redouble the support in order to achieve results.

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