Katsina to immunise 2m children against polio
About two million children in Katsina State are to be immunised against polio from January 11 to 14, 2020, as part of efforts to rid the state and the country of the wild polio virus.
The Katsina State Primary Health Care Agency is already putting final touches to arrangements to ensure that all the children in the state, especially those from 0 to 59 months across the 34 local government areas, are immunised within the period.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Shamsu Yahaya, confirmed the development to Northern City News in Katsina on Sunday.
“The polio immunisation is taking off in the state on January 11, 2020. All children from zero to 59 months of age are to be immunised. We are targeting 1.7 to two million children using the oral polio vaccine,” he stated.
It was learnt that the agency had organised several meetings as well as workshops for various stakeholders, especially health workers, opinion and religious leaders as well as focal persons in all the local government areas to ensure that the targeted children were immunised.
A participant in one of the workshops, Umar Ahmad, who is with the UNICEF, said residents of the state were being sensitised to the need to have the children immunised against polio.
He stated, “Even, if Nigeria is to be certified polio free from 2020, we need to ensure that the children are immunised against the disease.
“After the slated exercise, there will still be routine immunisation against the disease in the state.”