Polio vaccination: Kogi govt mobilises residents for outbreak response

IN an effort to eradicate polio completely from Kogi state, the Government on Thursday carried out a sensitisation and awareness campaign to mobilise residents to participate in the upcoming polio vaccination for children across the state.

Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA), disclosed to journalists during a Roadshow organised by the agency to sensitise residents of the state.

Yakubu said that the roadshow was part of the Social Mobilisation aspects of the Outbreak Response (OBR) the agency was conducting across the state against the outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus.

”The essence of the roadshow is to create adequate awareness.

”We have had the first and second round of the OBR and the third round would commence from Oct. 12 to 15.

”We hope that by the end of this third round, we will be at the verge of pushing out completely the remnants of poliovirus from Kogi State,” he said

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The executive director added the state government had also strengthened its routine immunisation aspects that would allow for yellow fever vaccination at the age of nine months.

He assured that with the arrangements the agency had put in place, any major outbreak should not be anticipated in the state for now.

”But notwithstanding, we are still doing our best in surveillance and monitoring of the process of the yellow fever outbreak in order neighbouring states,” he said.

He, therefore, enjoined stakeholders to mobilise the general public to participate in the immunisation campaign, and for parents to bring out their wards to nearby healthcare centres for immunisation.

Also speaking, Mr Yusuf Acheku, the State Health Educator, Kogi Ministry of Health, said the first and second round of OBR was done on Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 and Sept. 19 to 22 respectively, while the third round would hold from Oct. 12 to 15, 2019.

He noted that they had reached out to all the key stakeholders including the traditional and religious leaders in order to ensure the success of the program.

The roadshow took off at the premises of KSPHCDA to Kpata and old market, Karaworo, Kabawa, Cantonment, NUJ, Government house, and terminated at the agency’s premises.