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Polio Yobe govt takes immunization campaign to Nigeria/Niger border communities

The Deputy gov urged Yusufari and Yunusari LG councils and traditional rulers to mobilize every community for immunization of their children.

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The Yobe Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, on Wednesday took Polio immunization campaign to remote Tulutulua community on the Nigeria/Niger border.

Aliyu who is also the chairman, state committee on polio immunization programme, said government intensified campaign in the border communities to check possible case of migration of the virus.

“Following the report of new cases in Borno state, we have intensified campaign in the border areas.

“Tulutulua is the most difficult, hard to reach, desert area in the state, I personally visited the community to mobilize parents to ensure their children are immunized,” he said.

The Deputy governor urged Yusufari and Yunusari local government councils and traditional rulers to mobilize every community for immunization of their children.

Aliyu said factors such as difficult terrain and porous borders provided room for polio virus to migrate.

“This explains why we have to come here to mobilize the people to ensure that no child is left out.

“We must collectively strive and work towards making Nigeria a polio free nation, this is a goal that we must achieve,” he said.

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The Deputy Governor advised parents in Kalghi, Yusufari and Tulutulua to always make their children available for routine immunization and the Immunization Plus days.

Alhaji Umar Suleiman, the Emir of Bade, gave assurance of cooperation of the traditional institutions across the state to mobilize children for immunization.

“We will support Yobe state government to sustain our polio free status and intensify campaign in all the localities including the border communities,” Suleiman said.

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