The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, has said that children require parents and care givers to demand for effective vaccines that are given free of charge.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations Unit of the agency, Mr Saadu Salahu, as the agency commemorated the 2018 World Polio Day.

Harping on the slogan, ‘One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio,’ the agency said, “Recently, there has been isolation and reporting of type two strains largely from environmental samples. Although, these are not wild polio cases, they present with similar symptoms. They are as a result of several years of low Routine Immunization coverage and consequently, insufficient population immunity to type two virus.

“This led to intensive outbreak response campaigns in two phases which commenced in May and September/October 2018.

To further boost population immunity, the Federal Government and Development partners have scheduled a Fractional Injectable Polio Vaccine campaign across 92 targeted LGAs in November 2018.”

The statement also noted that the Nigeria/GAVI joint investment of over $3Billion in support of RI and health system strengthening was a commendable development which has a huge potential towards improving immunisation and primary health care quality over the next 10 years.

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