Nigeria: We Want to Achieve Zero Tolerance for Polio - Rotary
Abuja - Its important we achieve a zero tolerance policy for polio, hence the one per cent remaining in polio eradication is very critical because if we don't work hard to ensure that we eradicate it now, we could start all over again, says Hajiya Bilkisu Liman, President of Rotary Club of Asokoro.
She disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, during the club's immunization campaign efforts at some Fulani settlements in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
She said, "At Rotary International, one of our important programmes is the eradication of polio. For over a decade now, Rotary International has expended a lot of money in eradicating polio, because we believe that only a single virus can affect the whole world."
Hajiya Bilkisu, a notable broadcaster, noted that all hands must be on deck to ensure total victory, adding that Nigeria has achieved about 99 % successes in its fight against polio and during the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada, it was commended for having done well.
According to her, the club was working in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), for easy facilitation, saying, "our projects are mostly community-based. We chose Fulani settlements, because most of the rejections we've been having was mostly from there because of lack of enlightenment. We came with drummers to herald our presence and pluses to attract the children to come out and be vaccinated".
Apart from the health workers who vaccinated the children, the club also gave out pluses like whistles, balloons, rulers and sweets to the children who eagerly came out for vaccination.
The polio immunization exercise was flagged off yesterday across all the states in the country.