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LGs immunise 160,726 in 22 health camps in Sokoto state

The health officials of the local governments said this was done in the 22 health camps set up for the exercise.

Nigeria hails major step towards polio-free Africa

The health officials of the local governments who disclosed these to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) separately on Tuesday said this was done in the 22 health camps set up for the exercise.

They said that the councils had targeted 190, 601 children in all for immunisation against polio.

They added that the "special measures" were aimed at boosting the provision of effective healthcare services to the residents.

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The officials spoke to NAN against the backdrop of the ongoing November round of the four-day polio immunisation which would end on Tuesday.

The National Polio Immunisation Manager for Sokoto North Local Government, Alhaji Sidi Nura said: "All the camps were provided with medical doctors, nurses and clinicians.

“These health camps have also been stocked with adequate drugs that are being dispensed to the patients.”

Nura also said that the exercise had been recording a huge success with more parents embracing it since it was started.

The manager said that no fewer than 78,779 children out of the 92,419 targeted children ,aged between zero and five years, had been fully vaccinated in the first three days of the exercise.

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Also, his counterpart in Sokoto South Local Government, Alhaji Usman Shehu, said that the health camps were treating patients and dispensing free drugs to them.

In the same vein, they were providing routine immunisation for children.

Shehu added that, out of the 98,182 children targeted for the polio immunization exercise in the area, over 81,947 had been fully covered in the first three days.

"So far, so good, the parents were no longer rejecting the oral polio vaccine as it is safe,” Shehu said.

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