WHO supports Borno to immunize 2.2 million against polio, others
By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has supported the Borno State government in the immunization of 2.2 million children against polio and other killer-diseases.
The targeted children are from the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs), including hard to reach areas of Guzamala and Abadam councils.
Flagging off the 10-day vaccination exercise on Wednesday, in Maiduguri, the Commissioner of Health, Prof. Baba Gana, disclosed: “The fIPV and nOPV are fractional doses of inactivated poliovirus and oral poliomyelitis type two, repectively,” stating that they are to be administered on children between zero to 59 months of age.
The health boss, represented by the Director, Disease Control and Immunization, Dr. Aliyu Shettima, said that the vaccination teams, are to be strategically located at schools, markets and orphanage homes.
Besides, he added that other immunization points are motor parks and other public places with over 10, 000 population.
He noted that traditional and religious leaders would play a role in achieving the overall objective of the immunization campaign against polio and other child-killer diseases.
WHO’s State acting Coordinator, Dr. Moisuie Hussaini, said: “We’ll to support the State government to immunize eligible children,” as well as those in hard-to-reach areas of two local councils in the north part of the state.
Continuing; “This campaign has the capacity to eliminate any potential virus, including the wild poliovirus,” assuring that WHO with the technical support, is optimistic it will achieve success in immunization of children below five.