As part of efforts on emergency response to curb recent outbreak of wild polio virus in Borno State, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mohammed Bello on Saturday flagged-off the first round of the FCT sub-National Immunisation Plus Days in Guragu settlement in Karamajiji community of Gwarimpa Ward, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC.
The FCT Minister, who was represented by the permanent secretary of FCT, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, said the implementation of the immunisation days which started from the September 17 through 20, was targeted at children from zero to 59 months.
He said, “The sub-National Immunisation plus Days in the FCT which is aimed at vaccinating children from birth to 59 months against poliomyelitis with the aim to serving as a booster dose for children already vaccinated and as an opportunity for reducing out to missed children, adding that the FCT was able to interrupt transmission of the virus in 2013.
The emergency response the exercise would be focusing on slums and Internally Displaced Persons camps, because of the influx of people coming into the areas with polio outbreak,” Ajakaiye told newsmen.
“We will be focusing on slums and IDP camps because they have people coming in from Gwoza, Mungunu, Jere and IDP camps. So we are calling on parents, our friends, brothers, counsellors, everybody to please make sure they immunise every child,” adding that “from today on to 20th of September so we are ready to go wherever children are to be immunised.”
Chairman of AMAC, Abdullahi Candido said that the emergency response was necessary due to the resurgence of the WPV in three local government areas of Borno State, adding that there was the need for the FCT to be cautious because of the influx of people coming into the city from all parts of the country.
“The re-launching of this maiden round of Sub- Immunization Plus Days exercise therefore will go al long way in depopulating the menace of cripples and disabled children in our communities and the FCT in particular, adding that this is a pro- active action to tackle polio in the FCT,” Candido said.
The executive secretary of the FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed told newsmen that there were six communities and two IDP camps in Karamajiji which made the community a high risk area.
He also said there was need to immunise children, especially from zero to 59 months, adding that in cases of non-compliance, there was a marching order from the FCT administration to sanction such people by sending them out of the FCT.
Meanwhile, a polio survivor, Mallam Mohammed Dantani disclosed that about 30 women and children died in Karamajiji community due to lack of primary health care facility; and pregnant women die at home due to bleeding before they get to the nearest hospital situated two kilometres away from the area.

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