As the FCT Administration kicked off the second round of it’s outbreak response to the circulating polio virus in the Territory, Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has urged mothers to take the vaccination seriously and ensure proper hygiene.
Performing the exercise at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre, Garki Abuja, the Minister vaccinated two new born babies as the chief vaccinator.
In the words of the Minister: “We urge all mothers to come out and vaccinate their babies, because we want polio to be kicked out or eradicated, and we want the status to be maintained. I know mothers are the most excited people in the world especially with a new born baby. However, follow all the processes as directed by medical personnel.
“Also be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, therefore keep observing all the protocols by wearing your face mask and keeping physical distancing. I am happy you are all wearing your face mask, keep doing that even in market places,” Aliyu cautioned.
Aliyu assured that FCT would participate in the October National Immunization Plus Days when under 5 children in the FCT and the 36 states of the federation would have another opportunity to be vaccinated with the potent novel oral polio vaccine.
She however, commended WHO in supporting the teams with logistics, UNICEF supports in advocacy, communication and social mobilization, while charging the area councils to expand the reach.
In his remarks, the Ag. Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, said the first round was conducted in the 5 area councils of Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Kuje and Kwali last month, August, 2021 and all are due for the second round in the month of September, 2021.
He also stated that the first-round report showed Abaji, Kwali and Bwari performing well and passing the end process evaluation at first test, while Abuja Municipal and Kuje area councils had to undertake mop-up exercises to meet the required coverage and eventually passed the end process test.