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Polio: 1m children in FCT to be vaccinated
• Set to achieve 100% coverage

17th Feb, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka  | ||

About a million children are set to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis in Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the revelation during flag- off of the first round of 2020 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) at Dutse Makaranta, Bwari Area Council, last week.

No fewer than 976,003 children will be vaccinated, she said. Disclosing that in the last NIPDs, FCT had a monitoring coverage of 97 percent which was above the minimum acceptable 90 percent coverage, Dr. Aliyu expressed hope that Nigeria could in the next few months achieve the African regional certification as a polio-free nation. She stressed that FCT, which has been polio-free for over six years, should not be seen as creating an environment for transmission of the wild polo virus in the country.

Aliyu assured that FCTA was committed to the cause and had ensured adequate support for the programme so that high quality implementation of the exercise is carried out in the Territory. She said: "FCT is expected to immunize 976,003 eligible children with potent Oral Polio vaccine using 1,631 teams. I, therefore, wish to reassure you that the FCT Administration is committed to this cause and has ensured adequate support to the programme so that good quality Implementation of the exercise is carried out in the FCT."

She, however, warned the task force set up for the exercise that its activities were being monitored by partners and donor agencies, the National Polio Emergency Operation Centre of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) as well as the international community, adding that the commitments and actions of the task force should be results-driven.

Aliyu also urged the Chairmen of FCT's six Area Councils and traditional leaders to take up the challenge and be part of the polio end game, just as she equally urged stakeholders to be personally involved in support of polio eradication in their various Area Councils and communities in the country. In his remarks, Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council, Adamu Mustapha Danze, who spoke on behalf of the other Chairmen, commended the Administration for taking proactive steps in the immunization of eligible children in the Territory.

He assured the Minister of State that Area Council authorities will support the exercise by paying their counterpart funds and called on mothers to support the exercise by making their children available for immunization.

News Update

The lingering land dispute between the Nigerian Army and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) original inhabitants will be resolved amicably by the highest authorities, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured.

Apparently moved by the spirit of being one's brother's keeper, the body said it took the action ''to support the needy and the poor following the FG's lockdown order'' which has kept FCT residents indoors till 14 April, 2020.

The Minister visited the Idu train facility training center which is being outfitted to accommodate 300 beds to be used as an isolation and treatment center, the Asokoro Hospital, the Karu General Hospital and the road leading to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, Abuja.

Sequel to the new guidelines on operations of markets issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed the Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) to ensure compliance with the new template.


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