WHO supports Borno to vaccinate over 2 million against Polio.


Dr Aliyu Shettima (representing the Honorable commissioner for health, Borno state) immunizing one of the eligible child at the flag off. Photo_credit: WHO

By Hauwa Bata

The Borno state government has commenced a 10-day vaccination campaign on Franctional doses of poliovirus vaccine (fIPV) and novel poliomyelitis vaccine (nOPV) across the twenty seven local government areas in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health and Human services, Professor Baba Malam Gana said the vaccine type-2 is targeting children from 0-59 months.

Represented by the Director Disease Control and Immunization, Dr Aliyu Shettima said the vaccination team will be situated in fixed and strategic locations including schools, markets, orphanage homes, motor parks, and other public gatherings. 

According to him, the vaccination campaign is targeting more than 2 million children across the state, including those situated in hard-to-reach areas. 

“traditional and religious leaders present here will play a vital role in achieving the overall objective of this campaign. And I also want to appreciate partners for their continual support” Professor Baba Malam said.

Dr Moisule (WHO) giving his remarks.
Mothers with eligible children at the flag off of the vaccination campaign. Photo_credit: Kingsley Igwebuike/WHO

Borno state Acting Coordinator World Health Organization WHO, Dr Moisule Hussaini Ganga said WHO will continue to support the state government to immunize eligible children including those in hard-to-reach locations. 

“This campaign has the capacity to eliminate any potential virus including the wild polio virus, and we are optimistic that we will achieve more than 100%” Dr. Ganga remarked. 

Dr Moisule expressed committed of the Organization to key into the state government objective in ensuring access to health services is provided.

The flag off ceremony was attended by representatives of UNICEF, Rotary, AFENET, and others.

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