Sokoto- In an effort to effectively tackle polio myelitis, the Sokoto State Government has directed local governments in the state to upgrade cold chain rooms and facilities.
Deputy Governor Ahmed Aliyu said in a statement in Sokoto that maintenance of immunisation facilities and sustenance of vaccines in line with global standards would facilitate eradication of child killer-diseases.
The statement signed by Aliyu’s Spokesman, Mr Abubakar Bawa, was copied to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
” The potency and efficacy of these vaccines will be put to great danger if the facilities are not standardized.
” Consequently, the ongoing state, national and global efforts to fight polio and other child killer-diseases will come to naught.
” The state government will, therefore, not accept anything short of best standards in all we do, including vaccination,” he said.
The deputy governor said that the government was committed to ensuring total eradication of polio myelitis.
Aliyu, also the Chairman of the state’s task force on polio immunization, said that the government had begun to power most of its health facilities with solar energy.
He called on parents to make available their children under five years for immunization against polio and other child-killer diseases.
Aliyu reassured parents that polio vaccine was safe.
” It has been scientifically proven to be efficacious and safe; that was why I administered it to myself few days ago.
” Myriad of Islamic scholars have also vetted the vaccine and made it clear that its use is not against the religion,” he stated.