The Kwara Government has commenced administration of 2023 July, Oral Polio vaccines for children in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara.
Speaking at the sidelines of the immunisation campaign, Dr Nusirat Elelu, the Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency stated that this is another round of polio campaign, which is an exercise to protect children from childhood killer disease.
She described Polio as a viral disease that can cause irreversible paralysis in infected individuals.
“This is in spite of the fact that the disease can easily be prevented by an effective and readily available oral polio vaccine which is safe and easy to administer.
“The African region has successfully eradicated the wild-type poliovirus. However, the circulating mutant virus still poses a significant health threat in many parts of the country.
“We need to be on guard to ensure our children are protected thus necessitating the occasional state-wide polio vaccination campaigns,” she said.
According to her, the Agency and its partners have been able to successfully interrupt the transmission of the circulating mutant polio virus across the 16 LGAs through quality polio vaccination campaigns in the last several months.
The support received from the state government, partners, traditional and religious institutions in previous campaigns, has contributed to the outstanding performances recorded in immunization and other PHC activities, resulting in multiple awards in the last few months.
“This is heart-warming as we would continue to count on this support to keep polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases at zero,” she said.
She also emphasised the important role of the traditional institution in polio vaccination campaigns, other routine immunization activities and all other primary health care interventions.
In his response, Alhaji Muhammadu Kudu-Kawu, the Emir of Lafiagi observed the importance of PHC as key to the health of the citizenry.
He noted that PHC programmes have been very successful in the elimination of communicable diseases in communities across the state.
Kudu-Kawu pledged his full support and enjoined mothers and caregivers in the community to make available their children for vaccinated against polio.
Also speaking, Dr Saliu Ahmed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) State Coordinator commended the Emir for donating life jackets to healthcare workers.
He also urged healthcare workers to continue with the selfless consistent services to the people, adding that WHO will continue to give necessary support needed.