Polio 3 Jigawa LGs vaccinate 183,726 children against disease

Bello said that the National Primary Healthcare Agency had supplied 45,000 doses of OPV to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise.

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A total of 183,726 children have been immunised against poliomyelitis in three local government areas of Jigawa, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN reports that the councils include Birniwa, Kafinhausa and Kirikasamma.

The children were administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) and antigens against other child killer diseases in the ongoing January round of Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) exercise.

Malam Umar Bello, the Manager, National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) in charge of Birniwa, said that 42,000 children were immunised against the disease in the area.

Bello said that the National Primary Healthcare Agency had supplied 45,000 doses of OPV to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise.

He explained that some 315 health workers were deployed for the conduct of the exercise in the area.

In Kafin-Hausa, more than 88,726 children were inoculated against Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in the exercise.

The Immunisation Officer in the area, Mr Muhammad Sarawa, said that over 90,000 doses of oral vaccines were provided to ensure successful campaign against the disease.

Sarawa explained that some 527 health workers were deployed to the eight districts for the exercise in the area.

He called on parents to present their children for immunisation to protect them against polio and other diseases.

The manager commended the council, religious and community leaders for mobilising participation in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Kirikasamma Local Government Council said it had targeted 53,000 children for immunisation against polio in the ongoing exercise.

The Immunisation Officer of the council, Mr Ibrahim Bura, commended parents for presenting their children for the exercise.

Bura called on communities to cooperate with the health personnel to facilitate total eradication of the disease.

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