A proactive approach to deal with the menace of polio resurgence is required, especially in rural communities, the Kwara State, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq advocated.
The governor, during the flag-off of polio outbreak response activities, described as shameful the fact that the state recorded 50 percent of the new polio case in Nigeria.
He promised to deploy necessary resources to fight the virus.
“It is a shame that Kwara has 50 percent of the outbreak. We should not be dealing with fresh polio in this state now but we will give the necessary support to put an end to that,” AbdulRazaq said.
The governor commended various global agencies for their support and urged parents and other stakeholders to key into the vaccination of children aged under-five to halt the spread of the deadly virus.
“I call on Kwarans to join hands with our partners to interrupt the transmission of polio virus in the state and Nigeria at large. I also appeal to all mothers, care-givers, heads of households, religious bodies, markets and schools to as a matter of necessity make all children under five years of age available for the vaccination exercise irrespective of their previous vaccination status as the campaign will be conducted as many times as possible.
“It is highly unacceptable and inexcusable for any parent, care giver or government to watch our future generation being paralysed from a vaccine-preventable disease like polio,” said the governor.
Incident Manager, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Usman Adamu commended AbdulRazaq for helping to revive the immunisation programme in Kwara after five years.
Adamu said Kwara recorded 50 percent of the new polio case because the state did not pay the necessary counterpart funds to immunise the children against the disease.
Executive Secretary, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Abimbola Folorunsho praised the governor for his support for primary healthcare which she said has reflected in world bodies now willing to support the state on all fronts, especially polio.