FCT to immunise 976,003 children against polio

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday said it had worked out plans to immunise about 976,003 children within the territory, in its drive to end the menace of polio. FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said this during the flag off ceremony for this year’s National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs), at Dutse Makaranta in Bwari Area Council. Aliyu said the oral polio vaccine would be given in the First Round 2020 National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in the territory.

She stressed that the exercise was part of the strategies aimed at vaccinating children against poliomyelitis. While the minister said Nigeria would in the next few months achieve the Africa regional certification as a polio free nation, stressing that the FCT, which has been polio free for over six years, should not be seen as creating an environment for the transmission of the wild polo virus in the country.

She said: “As you are aware, Nigeria, in the next few months would achieve the Africa regional certification as a polio free nation and the FCT, which has been polio free for over six years, should not be seen as creating an environment for the transmission of the wild polo virus in the country. “FCT is expected to immunize 976,003 eligible children with potent Oral Polio vaccine using 1,631 teams.

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