The State Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman of the State’s Task Force on polio immunization, Ahaji Ahmed Aliyu, made the disclosure in Sokoto on Sunday, Sokoto State Government says it is targeting no fewer than 1.8 million children, aged from 0 to 5 years in the ongoing four days polio immunization in the state, and that the exercise, which commenced on Saturday, would end on Tuesday.

He also said efforts were on to achieve over 100 per cent coverage of the targeted children in all the 23 local government areas of the state. The deputy governor said that the state government had distributed about 1.83 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) across the state. Aliyu said that no fewer than 9,429 health personnel were conducting the exercise. Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Alhaji Almustapha Othman, revealed that measures had been put in place to ensure the full acceptance of the exercise by parents.

Othman expressed happiness that parents in the state were now wholly accepting the exercise. In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Sani Labaran, also explained that social mobilization of all the residents had been intensified. This, he said, was to shore up the acceptance of the OPV by the parents, adding that it was safe.

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