The Minister of State, Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has commenced the second round of the Administration’s outbreak response to the circulating polio virus in the FCT.
Aliyu kicked off the exercise at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre, Garki Abuja by vaccinating two new born babies.
The Minister urged mothers to take the vaccination seriously and ensure proper hygiene.
“We urge all mothers to come out and vaccinate their babies, because we want polio to be kicked out or eradicated, and we want the status to be maintained. I know mothers are the most excited people in the world especially with a new born baby. However, follow all the processes as directed by medical personnel.
“Also be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, therefore keep observing all the protocols by wearing your face mask and keeping physical distancing. I am happy you are all wearing your face mask, keep doing that even in market places,” Aliyu cautioned.
She assured that the FCTA would take part in the October National Immunization Plus Days when under 5 children in the FCT and the 36 states of the federation would have another opportunity to be vaccinated with the potent novel oral polio vaccine.
The Acting Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Iwot Ndaeyo said the first exercise took place in the 5 area councils of Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Kuje and Kwali last month, August, 2021 and all are due for the second one in September.
Reports from the first round showed that Abaji, Kwali and Bwari performed well and passed the end process evaluation at first test, while Abuja Municipal and Kuje area councils had to take mop-up exercises to meet the required coverage and eventually passed the end process test.