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WHO and Borno start polio vaccination campaigns

Oct 4, 2023 | Health | 0 comments

The World Health Organization and Borno State Government have launched a 10-day polio vaccination campaign in 27 local governments.

The vaccination campaign targets over two million children in the states, including hard-to-reach ones.

The vaccines are fIPV, fractional doses of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and nOPV, novel oral poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine type-2 for children 0-59 months.

At the start of the campaign, Borno State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Prof. Baba M. Gana, represented by Dr. Aliyu Shettima, said the vaccination team would be stationed in schools, markets, orphanages, motor parks, and other public gatherings.

Shettima thanked the WHO for their support and said traditional and religious leaders would help this campaign achieve its goal.

Dr. Moisule Hussaini Ganga, WHO acting Director for Borno State, said, “The World Health Organization will continue to support the state government to immunise eligible children, including those in hard-to-reach locations.

“This campaign can eliminate any virus, including wild poliovirus, and we are optimistic that we will succeed 100%.”

He praised the WHO for supporting the state’s goal of quality health care.

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