Kwara govt steps up response to polio in 7 LGAs

Kwara Government says it has embarked on vaccination against polio in seven Local governments areas of the state in response to an outbreak.

Dr Abimbola Folorunso, the Executive Secretary, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known on Thursday in Ilorin.

According to Folorunso, the local governments are Asa, Baruten, Ifelodun, Ilorin South, Ilorin West, Ilorin East and Moro.

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She explained that the exercise was in view of “circulating derived poliovirus’’ being transmitted in the state.

The agency’s executive secretary said that 30 derived cases of polio were earlier detected in the state.

She said that the state government had conducted five different campaigns to battle the outbreak.

Folorunso also said, “The exercise is aimed at boosting the immunity of our children against the deadly disease (poliomyelitis)’’.

She disclosed that another round of vaccines had been slated to take place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 23 and would be administered to children age zero to five.

The executive secretary urged mothers and caregivers to bring their children and wards for the exercise, promising that complimentary gifts would be given to children who were vaccinated.

Folorunso said that the exercise would be conducted from Aug. 3 to Aug. 18 in Edu, Ekiti, Irepodun, Isin, Oyun, Offa, Oke-Ero and Patigi Local Government areas.

She said from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23, the exercise would take place in Asa, Baruten, Ifelodun, Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Ilorin South, and Moro local governments.

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