Borno - The Borno Government has expressed its determination to eradicate polio from the state by 2015.
The Deputy Governor, Mustapha Zanna, made the pledge at the commencement of the June 2013 Immunisation days (IPD) activities in Biu, headquarters of Biu Local Government Area, on Monday.
Zanna said that government had put structures in place to ensure the success of the programme in all parts of the state.
He said that the programme was launched in the area because of the remarkable success that had been made in polio eradication activities.
"We decided to flag off the exercise in Biu because the area had been in the fore-front in terms of the fight against polio disease.
"We have not recorded any case of wild polio in the area since the beginning of the year,’’ Zanna said.
He commended the Emir of Biu, Umar Mustapha, for his support for the programme.
On his part, Commissioner for Health, Dr Salma Kolo, said that the programme was aimed at consolidating previous successes recorded by the state in polio eradication.
"So far, Borno is the best in terms of polio eradication in the whole North-East but the security challenges facing us had greatly affected the pace of the programme," he said.
Kolo added that with the gradual return of peace, the state was set to claim its rightful position among the top runners in polio eradication in Nigeria.
She advised parents and guardians to present their children and wards to ensure a successful eradication of polio from the state.