The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Jimada Muhammad, has said despite stoppage of polio in the South-East for over two years it could re-surface if not eradicated in other regions.
Muhammad, who disclosed this in Enugu during a meeting with traditional leaders and officials of the South East zone of the NPHCDA, said the agency had the required doses of polio vaccine and other materials needed to continue the fight against the disease in the northern part of the country where the disease is endemic.
“Having understood the nature of the disease, we urge traditional and religion leaders to continue the good work of enlightening the people on the significance of the vaccine to our children,” he said.
In his remark, Eze Cletus Ilomuaya described the stoppage of polio in the South East for over two years as “great fit and achievement”, adding that hat the traditional institution would not rest polio is eradicated totally from the country.
“Both traditional rulers and religious leaders in all our communities are doing everything possible in mobilising and educating their people of the importance of the polio vaccination,” he said. “I assure you that they will continue to do their best to sustain the tempo so that the disease does not re-surface in our communities.”
The traditional ruler commended the Federal Government for proving the NPHCDA with necessary facilities and adequate funding for the purchased of vaccine and all that is needed to eradicate the polio.
He said from the way things are going, very soon the disease would be eradicated in the country.
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