By Stanley Onyekwere
Some parents in Gwarinpa, a popular residential settlement in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed excitement for the commencement of a fresh Polio immunization in the Territory.
The parents whose views were sought on the programme, assured that they would ensure that their children within the target age bracket of 0-59 months benefit from the exercise, by making them available for the vaccination officials to administer the polio vaccines.
Recall that FCT Primary Health Care Board in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners commenced fresh round of polio immunization exercise on Saturday, January 26, which is expected to end on 29.
During the exercise, which ends tomorrow (Tuesday), the officials are expected to capture all infants of 59 months and below across the six Area Councils of the FCT.
And checks yesterday by our correspondent revealed that in Gwarinpa, health workers were seen visiting homes, markets and worship places, to vaccinate children within the target population found there.
A visit to Gwarinpa village to monitor the exercise at around 2 pm, revealed excitement among some parents, whose children received the vaccination in area
A parent, who simply gave her name as Mama Joy, said she was happy when the health workers visited her home and administered the Polio vaccine on 3- month old baby.
According to her, she and others parents of the beneficiaries in her neighbourhood were excited for the opportunity to immunise vulnerable members of their families.
Another parent, Mrs Laide Ade, who was seen leaving a worship center in the area, said she was excited to see health workers inside her church premises administering Polio vaccines on children not captured.
She said the initiative to take the exercise to everywhere children within the target population can be easily reached would help ensure more children are covered in the Territory.
However, most of the parents made passionate appeal for the exercise to be extended to at least a week, so as to capture more children in the area.
Our correspondent reports that the Board announced the commencement of the exercise during an orientation programme on Out-Break Response (OBR) organised for newsmen.
According to Director of Pharmaceutical Services of the board, Abdulkazeez Idris, the immunization programme remains relevant and critical, because Nigeria was one of three countries in the world that still had polio issues.
According to him, “There are three countries in the world that still have issues with polio; Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
“And Nigeria is the only country in Africa that still has the challenge of polio and we are determined to change that story in the next one year.”