The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has appealed to residents of the Territory to ensure that all children under the age of five benefit from the forthcoming House-to-House Immunization Exercise scheduled from July 8 to 11, this month.
In an appeal broadcast from his office on Monday, 03 July 2017, Malam Bello reiterated the dangers of lack of immunization on children to include permanent paralysis and deformity.
According to him, “immunization against polio and other immunizable childhood diseases is a sure way to guarantee a healthy future for the child and stem the disabilities that are likely to result from deformities.”
The Minister therefore called on all FCT residents to make sure all children less than five years of age are taken to any of the FCT health facilities for routine immunization and other child survival interventions being rolled out during this round of immunization exercise.
He disclosed that the FCT Administration has put all personnel and logistics in place to ensure a successful implementation of the current campaign while urging parents and guardians to take advantage of the opportunities provided by this vaccination exercise for the welfare of the child.
The Minister called on all traditional rulers, community and religious leaders as well as all residents to join hands with the FCT Administration in the effort to eradicate polio, not only from the FCT but also from Nigeria.
The current round is coming against the background of the invigorated effort by Nigeria to return to its former position as a polio free nation.