Kwara State Government said it has embarked on vaccination against polio in seven local government areas in response to an outbreak.
The Executive Secretary, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Abimbola Folorunso disclosed that vaccination has commenced in Asa, Baruten, Ifelodun, Ilorin South, Ilorin West, Ilorin East and Moro in view of “circulating derived poliovirus’’ being transmitted in the state.
The executive secretary said 30 derived cases of polio were earlier detected, noting that the state government had conducted five different campaigns to battle the outbreak.
“The exercise is aimed at boosting the immunity of our children against the deadly disease (poliomyelitis)’’.
She said another round of vaccination has been slated to take place from August 3-23 and would be administered to children aged zero to five.
The executive secretary urged mothers and care-givers to bring their children and wards for the exercise, promising that complimentary gifts would be given to children who are vaccinated.
Mrs Folorunso said the exercise would be conducted from August 3-18 in Edu, Ekiti, Irepodun, Isin, Oyun, Offa, Oke-Ero and Patigi Local Government Areas.
She said from August 18-23, the exercise would take place in Asa, Baruten, Ifelodun, Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Ilorin South, and Moro Local Governments.