At least 100,000 children were targetted to be immunised against polio in Sokoto North local government area during the recent September round of the National Polio Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs). The National Programme Immunisation (NPI) Manager in the area, Malam Sidi Nura, made this known when the members of the Journalists Against Polio (JAP) monitored the immunisation exercise in the Council.
He said adequate arrangements were made to ensure that the children were adequately immunised within the duration of four days.
“88,000 doses of vaccine were procured by the Council for the immunisation exercise. This is to ensure that all the eligible children in the area were fully immunised to protect them from the killer-disease,” he said. He stated that a Committee was set up which comprised health workers, traditional and religious leaders to address the problem of non-compliance in the area.
He commended the Council for procuring adequate vaccines for the exercise and advised parents to continue to support the programme by allowing their wards to be immunised.
The NPI Manager also commended traditional leaders in the area for their support for the programme. Meanwhile, 700 cases of rejection of the polio vaccines were recorded in Illela local government area of the state.
The Acting Director of Health in the area, Alhaji Abubakar Akoda, disclosed this in Illela, while briefing members of the JAP recently.
He disclosed that 45 per cent of the rejection cases of the polio vaccines were recorded in Illela, Garu, Tozai, Kalmalo and Runguma-Gati, adding that about 98,000 children were targeted during the ongoing 4-day immunisation exercise.
He announced that 540 health officials were conducting the exercise in the area with another team of 79 officials conducting it in six communities bordering Niger Republic which included Jema, Araba, Hunguwar-Ja’o, Bulke, Tabanni and Bakin-Dutse.
Members of the JAP are currently monitoring the November 2014 round of the NIPDs in the seven high risk local government areas of Illela, Gwadabawa, Kware, Wamakko, Sokoto North, Sokoto South.