By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Chioma Obinna
THE lingering face-off between the Federal and Lagos State governments may have taken its toll on the current development efforts in the state as Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday said it will affect the number of people to be immunized against polio in the state.
The governor, who joined other state governors of the country to concertedly flag-off the war against polio in the country, said it is disheartening for the country to remain in the list of nations still bugged by poliomyelitis.
He noted that performance in polio eradication is becoming an internationally hot issue adding that all eyes are now on the country who claims to be the giant of the Africa continent and yet fingered as one of the nations where polio thrives.
Fashola appealed to all stakeholders to join hands with the state government to kick the disease out of the country, saying countries that have eradicated the disease did not achieve the feat through a rocket science.
Also, speaking the state commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris, who dismissed claims that polio vaccine can reduce fertility in men, explained that the vaccines are safe and free of charge. Idris said the decision to hold stakeholdersâ€™ forum was informed by the need to have all children immunized against polio in Lagos State.
In his remarks, representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Peter Eriki, who commended the state governor on his activities on health, encouraged the state governor to sustain and intensify all programmes on health..