By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€” CHAIRMAN of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Godwin Ebosa, has stressed the need for all tiers of government across the country to tackle polio virus.
Ebosa, who stated this at the flagging off the Sub-National Immunisation Plus at Koko, weekend, said his administration had taken steps to ensure the local government area was not affected by the virus.
He said deliberate effort was being made towards making the area polio-free, adding that moral and financial assistance were being given to the health department.
According to him, reactivation of water works aimed at ensuring that the area was polio-free had been carried out.
He lamented that a child that has the disease was bound to have permanent disability.
Ebosa, who was represented his vice, Mr. Dio Tanga, said it was imperative for all hands to be on deck to eradicate the virus from Nigeria and ensure that every child between the ages of 0-59 months was immunized.
He decried the fact that Nigeria had the highest recorded count of the wild polio virus, saying it should be of great concern to the world community and indeed all Nigerians.
He charged parents and guardians to make their children and wards available for the last immunization programme of the year.
The primary health care co-ordinator in the local government area, Dr. Temisanren,Â said poliomyelitis was a highly contagious disease that affects children and adults in community where there is no good sanitation and water.