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Polio vaccine: Kano LG lures residents with goodies

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Mustapha Usman, Kano

Authorities in Kura local government area of Kano State have promised goodies to Ganda community as condition for accepting polio vaccination.

The community reportedly complaint through media that they were neglected by the state and local government in providing necessities of life, casting they might resist the next rounds of polio immunization.

Briefing DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent on Monday, the Kura Local Government Immunization Officer, L.I.O., Hamisu Mu’azu said the local government’s authorities mobilized and met the aggrieved community in order to convince them to accept the exercise.

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He said during the meeting, which include the LG’s Acting chairman, the representative of the District Head and the village head, the authorities promised to henceforth bring even development to the area.

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He further said that the community also offered maximum cooperation during the ongoing round of Sub Immunization Plus Days, SIPDs as every child present received the vaccine.

Giving the data of the July round of the SIPDs,  Mr. Mu’azu explained that out of the 38, 983 targeted children, 29, 801 were immunized on day 1 and day 2 of the ongoing exercise.

“During the Direct Observe Polio Vaccination, DOPV, which held on Wednesday and Thursday, 15,442 children were vaccinated in Kura Local government. On day 1 of the SIPDS which commenced on Saturday, 7639 children were vaccinated while 6720 received the vaccine on day 2,” he said.

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He also described polio exercise in Kura as success, adding that every round was conducted smoothly as any case received prompt resolution by the authorities.

In his remarks, the Acting chairman of the Local Council, who is also its Director Personnel Management, DPM, Magaji Albasu said the reason why the exercise is always successful was the commitment put in place by the authorities.

According to him, every stakeholder participate actively in every round of the polio exercise, adding that the authorities were up and doing to ensure the exercise become hitch -free.


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