Enugu Govt records 100% success on polio immunisation plus days — ENS-PHCDA boss

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By Stanley Nwanosike

– The Government has said that it recorded 100 per cent success in the just-concluded Sub-National Immmisation Plus Days meant for polio vaccination.

Dr George Ugwu, the Executive Secretary of Primary Health Care Agency (ENS-PHCDA), disclosed this in an with News Agency of Nigeria in on Saturday.

NAN recalls that Enugu Government had targeted no fewer than million of children between the ages of Zero and 59 months.

The statewide exercise, which was scheduled for four days, was held Jan. 18 until Jan. 21.

Ugwu, however, said that the agency had add additional two days for mop-up in areas that failed achieve 100 per cent target ensure that no was left out in the statewide polio vaccination.

“This time the Sub-National Immunisation Plus Days we just-concluded was very successful. I can categorically say we recorded 101 per cent even exceeding the numerical mathematical 100 per cent.

“Our national supervisors, partners and other stakeholders were so impressed with the success and vast reach of our immunisation teams during the exercise.

“The national supervisors were particularly impressed with our overwhelming improvement in the last exercise and they lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his uncompromising support healthcare matters especially vaccination exercises,’’ he said.

According him, the agency remains grateful for the huge support Gov. Ugwuanyi even as international funding for the exercise continues to dwindle.

Ugwu, said that the state had been without polio for the past 11 years, noted that the agency would continue to maintain its polio-free status.

“Agency will not relent in keeping polio-free even as the state would join the rest of the country to get the international polio-free certification soon,’’ he said.

He said that part of the success could be attributed to the renewed enthusiasm among local government vaccination officials/teams to compete with each other and outdo each other in reach and target of the children to be immunised.

The ENS-PHCDA boss, however, thanked UNICEF, , and other partners for training and support towards the huge success of the exercise.