No fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio in the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa. The Information Officer of the State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, made this known on Monday in Yola.
Abubakar said the four-day exercise under Supplementary Immunisation Plus Days 1 (SIPDs1) which started on Saturday, would be concluded on Tuesday. He said in a statement that 1,685 teams comprising vaccinators and mobilisers were engaged in the exercise in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
Abubakar noted that the effort to eradicate polio was spearheaded by Global Polio Eradication Initiative, led by the Federal Government with support from World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also supported the exercise. Speaking on the exercise in Yola North Local Government, the Executive Secretary of the Local Government Primary Healthcare Department, Malam Salihu Bello, said the exercise was moving smoothly. Bello said that over 80,000 children were expected to be immunised in the area.