To mark this year’s World Polio Day, Rotary International in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a ‘Speaking Book’ to prevent the spread of polio. This was contained in a statement issued by Melissa Corkum, the Chief Polio Communications officer, UNICEF Nigeria and made available to our reporter.

The statement noted that Rotary International through its Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Emeka Offor, provided for the supply of 15,000 Speaking Books titled ‘Yes to Health, No to Polio’ to mark the day. “This innovative educational tool endorsed by Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), representing the Muslim community in Nigeria, is to inform local and vulnerable communities in Nigeria about the importance of vaccination, maintaining a clean environment, and hand washing in order to help eradicate polio.

The Speaking Book contains 16 pages of easy to understand text, illustrations and a sound track recorded in Hausa and English and will be used by UNICEF for their Volunteer Community Mobilisers (VCMs),” the statement reads. Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, said at the 2014 World Polio Day in Kaduna that the state and nation at large will soon be certified polio free; noting that Kaduna state has been free from the virus for the past two years.

Bajoga, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Thot, commended the state government for achieving this success in the total eradication of the disease. “The state government is determined to eradicate polio totally across the state so that it will not affect the upcoming generation,” he noted.

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