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Thousands of Sokoto children to immunised against polio
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Thousands of Sokoto children to immunised against polio

Fola Akintomide

Gwadabawa and Illela local governments in Sokoto State plan to immunise 210 000 children of five years an below during the four-day January 2015 polio immunsation which commenced on Saturday.

In Gwadabawa, the Chairman of the caretaker committee, Aminu Aya, said the state government had provided adequate vaccines to cover 112 000 children.

Aya told a non-governmental organisation, Journalists Against Polio, in Gwadabawa that the local government had also earmarked N1.2 million to provide logistics support for the success of the exercise.

”We have also mobilised the traditional rulers in the local government to sensitise their subjects on the need for their children to be immunised against the child-killer disease.

”We also set up six health camps where the children are being immunised and provided with free drugs for other ailments,” he said.

In Illela, the Deputy Director of Health, Abubakar Akoda, said that no fewer than 98,000 children of the same age were targeted for the exercise.

Akoda also said the state government had provided more than 98 000 doses of vaccines for the exercise.

”The state and local governments as well as all the development partners have provided all the needed logistics support to ensure the success of the exercise,” he said.