From CHARITY Uwakwe, Abia
In line with the federal government’s quest to completely eradicate poliomyelitis from the country, Abia government, through Abia State Primary Health Development Agency (ASPHDA) has embarked on a race to certify Nigeria polio free.
The Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Development Agency, Dr. Chinagozi Adindu, who spoke shortly after the flag-off ceremony of the first round National Immunization- Plus Days in the state, regretted that Nigeria Nigeria has the second largest burden of poliomyelitis in the world, insisting and “we want to ensure that that Nigeria is certified polio free”.
He argued that in the exception of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigeria was leading with all the three types of the polio, stressing that they were all readily available and present in Nigeria.
He, however, admitted that the Nigeria government, had over the years, in collaboration with the health sector begun fighting hard to provide a lasting solution to the deadly disease.
He said: “Apart from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigeria is leading with all the three types of the polio string, that is type 1, type 2 and type 3. All of them are readily available and present in Nigeria but luckily, for some years now, we’ve been able to fight polio to a stand-still and we’re looking forward to a situation where this would serve as the last.
He used the medium to appeal to Abians to to embrace the efforts of the government thereby taking their eligible children to the designated places and have them immunised, saying “we intend to ensure that all eligible children in Abia state are protected from poliomyelitis which is a deadly disease. “poliomyelitis, we all know, causes permanent disability and even death in some cases”, he explained.