SAD!! As kebbi records 25 cases of variant polio virus in nine LGAs

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From El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi

The Kebbi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, has called on the media to intensify sensitization to caregivers so as to eradicate polio out of the state as it recorded 25 suspected case of variant polio virus in 9 local government areas of the state.

The State Health Educator of the Agency, Yusuf Umar Sauwa, who made the appeal at a meeting of the Social Mobilization Committee in Birnin Kebbi, said the media had a major role to play in sensitizing and mobilizing communities at the grassroots level as the agency geared up for its forthcoming campaign expected to commence early next month.

According to him, the agency is targeting under 5 years children to boost and improve their Immunity and also tackle the menace of zero dose immunization in order to put an end in the trasmition of the variant polio virus in the society.

He pointed out that, the prevalence of the varient polio virus amongst the communities was a challenge to the state and as a result the agency was trying to see how best to stop the transmision, look into other mecanisms and modalities that would Improve the immunity status of the children.

He said while the state was doing all it could to stop the transmission of the virus to other neighbouring local government areas, states and countries bordering Kebbi State, most mothers often never allowed their children to be vacinated due to ignorance and traditions which the agency now would fight to finish.

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