By Asma’u Ahmad
Kogi state has spent six years without recording new case of poliomyelitis virus in the state.
The Health Educator, State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Blessing Ameh who stated this to newsmen attributed the success story to routine polio immunisation exercises.
The health educator said that more efforts were still needed to protect the children from re-infection.
According to her, the first round of the exercise this year will hold between February 27 and March 1.
She said: “The National immunization plus days for this year is here again. It is a time whereby vaccinators go to houses, schools, market places, churches and mosques.
“Other areas to be visited include Fulani settlements, play grounds orphanage homes, prisons, designated health centres nearest to you and every special place where children ages 0-5years are found.”
Mrs. Ameh said those category of children were to be immunise with oral polio and other childhood killer diseases vaccines.
“Polio disease cripples children for life; causes of polio are polio virus through contaminated food or water by feaces of an infected person. Polio has no cure it can only be prevented,” she said.
Therefore, she urged parents to make their wards available for the exercise.