The Enugu State Government, on Thursday, disclosed its plan to vaccinate 1,014,953 children against the polio virus to ensure the disease does not resurface.
The target population of children aged zero to five years represented 20 per cent of the total population of the state.
The plan was disclosed in the state on Thursday by the Executive Secretary of Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr George Ugwu.
The exercise, which is “A National Outbreak Preventive Response”, had already kicked off on Oct. 6 and would end on Oct. 10 in the state.
Ugwu said 1,306,700 doses of the new oral polio vaccine have been delivered to the state from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and its health partners.
According to him, no case of wild polio has been recorded but the exercise is to help prevent and check possible resurgence of the disease in the state and land.
The ENS-PHCDA boss said that the agency had trained and kitted 2,834 vaccinating teams, which comprises: 1,643 home-to-home teams, 780 special teams and 411 fixed teams.
He said that the exercise would reach all nooks and crannies of the state, adding that it would cover the state’s 17 council areas, 291 wards and over 3,000 settlements.
Ugwu said, “The vaccinators have been mandated to look for every child and ensure no child is left out. We are going to homes, schools, churches, malls, parks, markets, farms as well as all living areas, where a child can be found.
“We have mobilised our ward and council information volunteers and mobilisation officers, as well as written to religious, traditional and community leaders, about the exercise and need for them to totally key in.
“Today, we are mobilising the press for their support to enlighten our people to take the vaccination seriously and ensure that wild polio does not come to cripple any child in the state and the country in general.
“We are appealing to parents, teachers, caregivers and family members to support this exercise and ensure no child, known to them or close to them, is left out of taking the new oral polio vaccine.”
The ENS-PHCDA boss commended the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for supporting the agency for the exercise, and mobilising both professionals and logistics, to ensure the huge success of the exercise.
“Our health-loving governor, His Excellency, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has supported the agency in the exercise to ensure that no child is left out in the state, notwithstanding the remoteness of where such a child is found,” he said.