Polio: FCTA targets 700,000 children in next round of immunization

 As part of effort  to ensure poliomyelitis is eradicated in Abuja, the Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Development Board (FCT-PHCDB), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed that the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have revealed the targeting of no fewer than 683,864 children between 0-59 months old, to be immunized in the round of the 2016 Sub-National Immunization Plus-Days (SNIPDs), andthe SNIPDs was to serve as a window for reaching out to children not vaccinated as well as a booster dose for children already vaccinated during the first round.

Making this disclosure while speaking during a flag-off ceremony of the exercise, in Abuja, Dr. Mohammed reiterated the FCTA’s resolve to eradicate polio, saying that available records show that FCT effectively interrupted the transmission of wild polio virus, as the last confirmed outbreak was in the first quarter of 2013 when three cases were reported, and  to demonstrate the readiness of the FCTA to kick out polio, a total of 1,687 teams have been distributed across the six Area Councils- made of 1,116 special house-to-house and 31 directly observed polio vaccination teams respectively, further explaining  that the figure is 45 higher than the number deployed in the September round as Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) utilized the extra teams based on need.

The FCT-PHCDB boss added that a total of 899,650 doses of bopv2 were available for the exercise, while 69 state level supervisors and 70 national monitors were engaged and deplored to the Area Councils to strengthen supervision and monitoring, and He however noted that the influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into the FCT has given the Territory a polio high risk index, which therefore requires enormous effort to achieve 90% and even more in routine immunization coverage.

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