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Sokoto South LG plans to immunise 95,800 children against polio


SOKOTO – The Sokoto South Local Government in Sokoto State says it plans to immunise 95,800 children between the ages of one and five in the ongoing May Immunisation Plus Days which commenced on Saturday.
The Director of Health, Alhaji Ahmed Ladan, made the disclosure on Sunday in Sokoto when he addressed the members of a group, Journalists Against Polio (JAP), who monitored the exercise in the area.
Ladan said that the state government had since provided 115,000 doses of the oral polio vaccine to the local government to ensure that the targeted number of children was fully covered.
According to him, 664 teams, each comprising four health personnel, community, religious and voluntary community mobilisers, among others, are conducting the exercise in the 11 wards of the area.
”These teams comprise fixed posts, house to house , outdoor, hospital and market teams, among others.
”The local government has also set up 11 health camps which are operating simultaneously with the polio immunisation exercise.’’ Ladan said.
He said that the camps provided free diagnosis and dispensed free drugs to people.
The UNICEF Consultant in the local government, Mr Bello Balarabe, said the exercise had so far been successful.
”So far, so good; the parents are increasingly allowing their children to be immunised against the killer disease.
”We are also employing several strategies to persuade those resisting the polio vaccine by using traditional and religious leaders,” Balarabe said. (NAN)

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