Rallies to once again drive home the reality of polio and overcome the lingering issue of non-compliance to vaccine have held across seven high risk local government areas of Sokoto. The local governments include Wamakko, Isa, Sokoto North, Sokoto South, Gwadabawa, Kware and Ilela. The rallies were part of activities to mark the World Polio Day in Sokoto.
The anti-polio campaigners as well as polio survivors on their wheel chairs and crutches went round the affected local government areas to sensitise residents on the need to ensure immunization against polio and other childhood killer diseases. In Kware, the Health Educator, Hajiya Aishatu Bello, said they decided to use polio survivors for the World Polio Day rally in the area having realized that many people have the attitude of ‘seeing is believing’.
She said: “We are using survivors for those still in doubt about the existence of polio to see for themselves and admit that polio is real.”
The health educator was optimistic that many would accept the polio vaccine thereby securing the future of their children.
Chairman, association of Polio Survivors in Kware, Mudashiru Ibrahim, urged every parent with eligible children to vaccinate them.
While speaking on their experience as polio survivors, Ibrahim said they feel challenged that people have to assist them in accomplishing certain things which otherwise they would have done themselves.