The Permanent Secretary of Enugu State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi has said that 300,000 children between the ages of zero and five years would be immunized in the ongoing statewide special polio immunization.
Concise News understands that this statement was made on Sunday while disclosing to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
Agujiobi said that the five-day exercise, which began on July 27, would be taken to all nook and crannies, even to the remotest farm settlements in the state.
He noted that the ministry and its partners were targeting five to 10 percent of the 4.9 million population of the state, who are under five years.
He said further that the exercise would cover all children under five in the state irrespective of whether they were indigenes or not, assuring that they are not leaving any child behind in the state.
The permanent secretary said that the polio immunization was free-of-charge. He, however, appealed to mothers, fathers, caregivers and older ones at home to assist health officials to reach every child within the neighborhood.
According to him, he said “However, we have sent enough trained health officials and their aides to go house-to-house, worship centers/churches, market squares, and civil centres to administer these oral polio vaccines on the infants.’’
He added that the state government wants to ensure that it maintains the free-polio-status of the state as the ministry and the partners pursue the exercise with all seriousness it deserves.
“The last time we had a reported case of polio in the state was 13 years ago, precisely in 2006.
“Since then, the state had maintained a free-polio-status record through comprehensive and intensive routine polio immunization,’’ he said.
Agujiobi noted that the exercise had a success target of meeting at least 90 percent of the total 300,000 children under five in the state.
Concise News gathered that health officials from the ministry visited most churches, during Sunday services within Enugu metropolis to administer the oral polio vaccines on children.
It would be recalled that the last case of polio in Nigeria was recorded on Aug. 21, 2016.
NAN also reports that the country would get the “International Polio-free Certification’’ on Aug. 21, having maintained polio-free status for three years.