The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced that it would vaccinate 1,165,981 children under the age of five in 2,837 communities across the FCT against poliovirus between January 22 and 26.
This was disclosed by the Mandate Secretary, Health and Human Services, Abubakar Tafida at the first meeting of the FCT Taskforce on the Polio Eradication Initiative and Routine Immunisation.
This was also contained in a statement titled, ‘Aliyu moves to strengthen immunisation structure in FCT,’ by the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister of State, Austine Elemue on Thursday.
He said the secretariat would deploy 1,639 health officials to ensure a hitch-free vaccination exercise.
Twenty seven states and the Federal Capital Territory have reported 395 cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2.
The statement said, “The Health and Human secretariat is set to deploy 1,639 teams in 4 days starting from January 22 to vaccinate 1165981 children under the age of five in 2,837 communities across the territory.
“We, therefore, charged participants to identify numerous challenges facing the immunization landscape at the FCT area council and community levels with a view to finding solutions to those challenges.
“Recall that in 2015, Mr President personally signed the reviewed Abuja Commitments document on behalf of the Federation while the Chairman, Governors’ Forum signed on behalf of the 36 States Governors and the Minister of FCT to ensure a Polio free Nation with clear responsibilities for each tier of government.”
The FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Muhammad Usman also assured the people that the Administration would do everything possible to strengthen the entire routine immunisation structure and primary health care landscape in the FCT.
Aliyu also urged chairmen of the six area councils to strengthen commitments to the polio eradication and routine immunisation activities in their various councils.
She also noted that “the efforts of the Taskforce has contributed significantly to the success of polio campaigns in the territory with no wild Polio Virus confirmed in FCT for over 7 years,” calling for regular meetings of the Taskforce.