The Director, Bauchi local government Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Bako Garba Gamawa, has debunked the rumour that Nigeria had been removed from the list of polio-prone countries.
He stated this during a one-day sensitization exercise organized by Bauchi Primary Health Care in collaboration with Journalists Against Polio (JAPS) on routine immunization, on Thursday, held for men and women in Bauchi.
He explained that Nigeria only had one year of interruption of wild polio virus, and not eradication or removal from polio immunization as speculated in some quarters.
He said: “We need 24 months of interruption, in order to eradicate polio and be certified polio-free”.
Gamawa called on all those spreading the wrong information making people to reject the Routine Immunization (RI) vaccine on the notion that Nigeria was polio-free to desist from doing so.
He added that anyone caught would be dealt with, adding that the people of the state should keep their environment clean.
Also speaking, a religious leader, Imam Hadi Abbakar, called on traditional leaders and clergies to support and create awareness among their followers and in their domain on the need to make their children available for anti-polio vaccination.
A participant, Malama Hajara Yusuf, assured the stakeholders on polio immunization, and that there would be a house-to-house campaign, soon.