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New Polio Outbreak In Kwara State Shameful – GOVERNOR ABDULRAZAQ


BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS

“It is a shame that Kwara State recorded 50% of the new polio cases in Nigeria.

“The government will therefore deploy necessary resources to fight the virus.”

These position was made public on Tuesday (today) by the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Rafiu Ajakaye.

The governor particularly maintained that, “It is a shame that Kwara has 50 percent of the new outbreak. 

“We shouldn't be dealing with fresh polio in this state now. But we will give the necessary supports to put an end to that.”

Speaking in Ilorin, the state capital, during the flag-off of the polio outbreak response activities, exactly five years after the state government last supported routine polio immunisation programme, Governor AbdulRazaq who commended various global agencies for their support, urged parents and other stakeholders to key into the vaccination of under-five children to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

According to the governor, “I call on Kwarans to join hands with our partners to interrupt the transmission of the Polio virus in Kwara State and Nigeria at large.

"I am appealing to all mothers, caregivers, heads of households, religious bodies, markets and schools to as a matter of necessity make all children under 5years of age available for the vaccination exercise, irrespective of their previous vaccination status as the campaign will be conducted as many times as possible.

"It is highly unacceptable and inexcusable for any Parent, Care Giver or Government to watch our future generation being paralysed from a vaccine-preventable disease like Polio."

In his response, the Incident Manager of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Usman Adamu, appreciated the governor for helping to revive the immunisation programme in Kwara after five years.

Dr. Adamu explained that the state recorded 50% of the new polio cases because the state did not pay the necessary counterpart funds to immunise the children against the disease.

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