Polio: Senate Wants Immunization Of Children Sustained

The Senate has referred to as on the governments on the federal and state ranges, in addition to related ministries and businesses, to maintain the immunization of infants and kids within the nation. 

The name was made in opposition to the backdrop of a movement thought-about to commemorate the declaration of Nigeria as a poliovirus free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, 11th June 2020.

The higher chamber, whereas congratulating the Federal Government on the feat, urged the Federal Ministry of Health to undertake pointers and different measures to forestall the transmission of polio into Nigeria by overseas vacationers or Nigerian travellers. 

Sponsor of the movement, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP – Enugu North), mentioned, “The attainment of polio virus-free standing by Nigeria is historic and memorable not solely to Nigeria however for the complete continent of Africa contemplating the contagious nature of the virus. 

“This achievement additionally serves as a significant increase to the conclusion of the aim of eradicating polio globally for good.

“Since 1998 when the World Health Organization first declared the poliovirus a illness of worldwide concern that have to be eradicated by the yr 2000, greater than 350,000 kids have been reportedly paralyzed on account of the virus in additional than 125 nations. As latest as 2012, Nigeria accounted for greater than half of the reported instances globally.

“Nigeria within the latest previous efficiently contained and defeated the dreaded Ebola virus and in addition moved on to include the unfold of Lassa fever and monkeypox.

“However, the recent declaration of Nigeria as a polio-free nation calls for a special tribute to health workers, health administrators and other stakeholders and further activities such as immunization to forestall a reversal of this success.”

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