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WHO seeks herdsmen, community support in polio campaign

By NAN   |   22 January 2015   |   11:59 am  

MALAM Abdullahi Muhammad, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Malammadori, Jigawa, has called for greater involvement of livestock farmers in polio immunisation exercise.

Muhammad made the call at the polio task force committee meeting in Malammadori.

He also urged the local council to provide adequate logistics and allowances to immunisation personnel to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise.

He said that the forum was created to mobilise herdsmen to present their children for immunisation against the disease.

Miyetti-Allah Fulani organisation should engage its people in the communities to enhance participation in polio immunisation,” he said.

The WHO representative noted that effective participation by communities would ensure total eradication of the disease.

Also speaking, Mr Yusuf Maigari, the Director, Water and Sanitation in the council, said that more than 40,000 children were immunised against the polio virus in the last round exercise in the area.

Maigari said that the council had engaged community and religious leaders in mobilising participation in the exercise.

We have completed arrangements for the smooth conduct of the next round exercise,” he said.

The director called on parents to cooperate with immunisation workers to ensure success of the exercise. (NAN)



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