Jigawa - The Jigawa Government said on Sunday it targeted more than 1.3 children for immunisation against Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in the ongoing National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) exercise.
The deputy governor, Ahmad Muhammad, said this at the inauguration of the second round of the 2013 immunisation exercise at Kanya-Babba community in Babura Local Government Area .
Muhammad, who is also the chairman, State Mobilisation Committee on Polio, said the government had deployed 2 822 vaccination teams in the 27 local government areas to ensure effective coverage of the exercise.
``We increased the vaccination teams from 762 to 2 822 to enhance coverage.
``The government is educating communities on the dangers of the disease and the need for parents to present their wards for immunisation.
``We are also working with community and religious leaders, local council officials and other stakeholders to mobilise participation in the exercise," he said.
The deputy governor explained that vaccinators, supervisors and other health personnel were trained on communication and behaviour change as well as data keeping.
He said that proper data record would ensure effective coverage of the targeted children.
Muhammad said Gunduma Primary Health Care Development Agency had supplied adequate doses of vaccines and deployed technical teams to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise in the state.
He said the government had enacted a law to compel parents to submit their children for immunisation, warning that parents, who reject the oral polio vaccine would be prosecuted.
In a remark, Gov. Sule Lamido, said the government had recorded tremendous success in its campaign to control polio in the state.
He said that the feat was achieved due to government’s commitment to polio eradication, support and understanding of parents, community and religious leaders
He called on the people of the state to support the vaccination exercise to ensure total eradication of the disease from the country.