Bauchi - The Bauchi State Government is to spend more than N66 million on the forthcoming Polio Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) to be conducted in the state’s 20 Local Government Areas.
Dr Nisser Umar, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), stated this in Bauchi on Wednesday while briefing news men.
He said N10 million was disbursed to the 20 councils' task force teams to boost eradication of polio, adding that 2.22 million units of detergents were procured and distributed across the state.
Umar said that 2.22million children under the age of five across the state were expected to be captured during the four-day exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Immunisation Plus Days have been scheduled to start on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The BSPHCDA Executive Secretary also said Gov. Isa Yuguda had directed the council chairmen to make eradication of polio a matter of priority in their areas of authority.
"All the money we needed for polio eradication had been released to us, and whatever we ask for has been provided and the money was spent in a decentralised way.
"The governor has also directed that all the local government chairmen and directors should not travel during the polio exercise," he said.
Umar said appropriate strategies were being employed to ensure that the targeted population were vaccinated.
He said this would be through the use of local community members as vaccinators, with a ward head in each team supervising it.
According to him, Gamawa, Bauchi, Ningi, Katagum, Itas Gadau, Shira and Misau councils are the high-risk areas.
He acknowledged the commitment of the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Bilyaminu Othman, for his contributions towards polio eradication in Bauchi state.
The Executive Secretary advised journalists to embark on an in-depth reporting of the situation during the exercise.
He said this would enable the government know the progress being recorded and how to improve the situation.