Worried by the recent outbreak of wild polio in northern parts of the country, the chairman of Bwari area council, Musa Dikko yesterday inaugurated a task force on polio eradication and routine immunisation.
Speaking during the inauguration, Dikko said government is committed towards ensuring that polio is eradicated in the country and certify polio free, adding that it was in the line of that the FCT minister recently inaugurated the FCT Task Force on polio eradication and hence the need to replicate same at the area council level.
He expressed concern over rejection of immunisation by some communities, including religious houses, reiterating that the committee headed by him has representation of Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) and the Chief Imam to ensure compliance.
He stressed that the inauguration was timely considering reported outbreak of three new cases of wild polio in Borno State, adding that the committee must take the assignment seriously.
Also speaking, a representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Soji-Taiwo Bukola, charged those in supervisory position to take the assignment seriously, adding that deformity associated with polio is such that one infected child has the capacity of infecting 200 others.
Bukola also called on the committee to pay more attention to persons under 15 years of age, adding that the task of monitoring the quality of immunisation activities required the participation of all.
Also, the chairman of Abaji area council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya has inaugurated a task force committee on polio eradication and routine immunisation, to ensure effective coverage of immunization in the area.
Inaugurating the committee, Ajiya tasked members of the task force to work round the clock to ensure effective coverage of immunisation activities and polio free in the area council.
The chairman also called on the committee to see the task before them a humanitarian service, charging them to work assiduously to ensure that every family in Abaji comply with the immunisation.
He added that despite the lean finances of the area council, effort will still be made to provide logistics for the success of immunisation exercises.
Members of the committee include the Hon. chairman, HOD health, head of personnel, information officer, national orientation officer, Chief Imam, CAN chairman and representative of Ona of Abaji.