FCT to begin another round of polio immunisation April 12

The FCT Primary Health Care Development Board will hold another round of immunisation against polio from April 12 to April 15 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The board’s Executive Secretary, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, who announced this at a two-day workshop for vaccinators in Abuja, said the exercise could be the last for 2014 in the FCT.
Mohammed said the polio vaccine, if given in multiple could protect a child for life, urging parents to present their children for the exercise so as to eradicate polio from Nigeria.

He said: “There is need for good hygiene practice to curb disease outbreak.
“Many diseases could be contracted through the hands, so there is the need to cultivate the habit of hand-washing.”
The executive secretary urged parents to also teach their children good hygiene practices, like hand-washing, as the best way to eradicate disease is to ensure good hygiene practice.

He said: “To eradicate polio, it is important that everyone receive the immunisation.”
He appealed to parents to take their children for immunisation at any health facility, saying it was not appropriate for many people to wait for the vaccinators to come to them.
Mohammed commended government efforts in the fight against polio, adding that only one case had been recorded in the country so far this year.

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