By Hauwa Gold
Sokoto – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is set to partner with the National Population Commission (NPC) on the issuance of birth certificates.
Alhaji Shu’aibu Sahabi, Director, Primary Healthcare, Yabo Local Government Area (LGA) said on Friday in Sokoto that the partnership was targeted at boosting immunisation of children against polio.
He said that over 38,192 children were expected to be immunised with the FIPV/OPV in the LGA during the exercise.
He added that the state government had also supported the exercise by providing the Adverse Event follow up Immunisation Kit (AEI) in order to control any effect of the vaccine.
Sahabi also commended the supportive roles of the district heads in mobilising their people for the exercise.
NAN reports that the exercise was encouraging as the turnout of children for immunisation was impressive.
Mr Jibril Bello, a parent, told NAN that he longed to see a community free of polio.
“I am happy with this development as our children’s immune system will grow strong against the disease and we pray to have a polio free community soon,” he said.
Another parent, Malam Shehu Yabo, said, “This is a welcome development as a lot of children are being immunised and we are happy.
“We urge the state government to make a legislation that punishes any parent that refuses to get his or her ward immunised across the state.’’