Poliomyelitis: Kaduna government begins National Immunisation Plus Days.

Asmau Halilu


Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has started a six-day National Immunisation Plus in the State.


The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Hamza Abubakar, said during the launch of the August National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in Kaduna.


The immunisation plus will run between August 2nd to13th across the twenty three Local government areas of the State.


Abubakar explained that the National immunisation plus days will supplement immunisation campaign geared towards
strengthening immunity of children against poliomyelitis.


According to him “the immunisation plus has commenced today in five Local government areas with the fractional inactivated polio vaccination and tomorrow, we will go from house to house. All necessary arrangements towards successful immunisation have been concluded and ready for implementation”.


He therefore urged mothers to make their children available for the immunisation to ensure total coverage of the State.


“As we inch closer to the finishing line, the leadership and people of Kaduna State must remain focused,
resolute and dedicated to achieving complete eradication of polio virus that has caused us so much physical and
social pain”, the Executive Secretary stressed.


He said the State had remained polio-free since November 2012 and appealed to parents who refused to make their children available for the immunisation to do so for the good health of the children.


He also appreciated partners for supporting immunisation activities and other healthcare programmes in the State.


The Chairman, Kaduna North Local Government Council, Saleh Shu’aibu, noted that, the council would continue to support the State government towards eradicating polio.


He called on parents and leaders to ensure children receive all the care they need for healthy lives.