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Journalists advocate adequate budgetary allocations for polio eradication


SOKOTO – Journalists from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara have called for adequate budgetary allocation for the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) in the country.
The journalists made the call at the end of a two-day media sensitisation/ review meeting on strategies to interrupt the transmission of the wild polio virus.
No fewer than 49 journalists attended the meeting held between Nov. 17 and Nov. 19, which focused on polio in the context of immunisation and child survival.
The resolution signed by Abubakar Ahmed, Zamfara State Correspondent of NAN, called for transparency, accountability and stronger commitments by policy makers and other stakeholders.
“There should also be the timely release of funds and physical involvement of PEI and other child-survival issues.
“Media practitioners and their organisations should continue to utilise their special positions in the society to strengthen and sustain the polio eradication and other child-survival programmes,’’ they said.
The resolution urged journalists to build their skills to enhance networking through social media and other emerging technologies to boost their news reports and programmes.
The journalists pledged to be more passionate and professional, individually and collectively to the eradication of the polio virus.(NAN)

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