Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, has kicked off the territory’s second round of polio vaccination.
She explained that the drill was part of the administration’s plan to keep the polio virus out of the nation’s capital.
According to a statement released by her Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, the minister conducted the exercise at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre in Garki, Abuja, where she served as the principal vaccinator and vaccinated two new born babies.
She urged mothers to take vaccinations seriously and to keep their children clean.
‘Aliyu kicks off polio immunization in FCT,’ read the statement.
“We urge all moms to come out and vaccinate their babies because we want polio to be eradicated or eliminated, and we want the status quo to be maintained,” it said.
“I know mothers are the happiest people in the planet, especially after their child is born. But, as recommended by medical personnel, follow all of the procedures.
“Remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing; thus, continue to follow all protocols, including wearing a face mask and maintaining physical distance. I’m glad you’re all wearing your face masks; keep it up even at the markets.”
The minister informed stakeholders that the FCT will participate in the October National Immunisation Plus Days, during which under five-year-olds in the FCT and the 36 states of the federation would be given another chance to be vaccinated with the highly effective new oral polio vaccine.
Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, the acting Secretary of the FCT Primary Health Care Board, said the first round was held last month in the five area councils of Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Kuje, and Kwali, and the second round will be held in September.
He also stated that the first-round report showed Abaji, Kwali, and Bwari performing well and passing the end process evaluation at the first test, whereas Abuja Municipal and Kuje area councils had to conduct mop-up exercises in order to meet the required coverage and eventually passed the end process test.