Kwara State set to kick out polio

Tunde Akanbi, Kwara

The Kwara State government says it is ready to do all that it takes to strengthen routine immunisation and make the State Polio free.
The State Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi disclosed this in Ilorin at a meeting of the State Task Force on Immunisation held in his office.
 Alabi enjoined members of the State Task Force to support government in kicking polio out of the State and strengthen routine immunisation to prevent reoccurrence after clearing the State of the circulating polio virus.
The Deputy Governor also challenged members of the Task Force to join hands with the government to back up the immunisation teams at all levels to ensure no child is denied the opportunity of being vaccinated.
He noted that the Nigeria’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation had achieved slow growth in coverage in the last few years despite huge investments by governments and development partner agencies.
 Alabi explained that in 2015 alone, six out of every ten children representing about 4.3million were not fully vaccinated adding that with concerted efforts the last case of the Wild Polio Virus so far in the Country was in 2016.
The Deputy Governor added that as the Country is set to become polio free, sadly the State has been having recurrent outbreak of another type of the polio virus an indication of low immunity among the Children.
Later while flagging off the campaign, Mr Alabi said the State is committed to improve Primary Health care service delivery by strengthening the State Primary Health care Development Agency to rid the State of polio and other vaccine
The Deputy Governor stated categorically that the vaccines is safe, free and has no over dosage for all eligible children and would be taken from house to house in nine local government areas.
Stakeholders that attended the meeting including Community and religious leaders, voluntary organisations, transport unions and health practitioners pledged their support and praised the government for its intervention.