Sokoto — A total of 453 cases of rejection had been recorded in the last two days in the ongoing 10th round of polio immunisation in Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, an official has said.
The Director of Health of the local government, Hajiya Amina Jibril, disclosed this on Monday in Illela while briefing a team of Journalists monitoring the exercise.
“These cases were recorded between Saturday and Sunday in 347 households across the area.
“ Over sixty per cent of these rejections have been resolved and all the children hitherto missed, had been fully immunised,” she said.
Jibril also said over 46 ,000 eligible children between zero to five years, are being targeted across the local government during the four-day exercise.
According to her, about 60% of the targeted children have been immunised so far, since the exercise began on Saturday.
“We are also hopeful that the exercise would record about 95 per cent success by Tuesday,
“We have also planned a mop up exercise between Saturday to Tuesday next week to cover all the children who will expectedly be missed,” she added.
Jibril disclosed that the state government had provided 115,520 doses of the polio vaccines to the local government, adding that 492 health personnel were administering the vaccine in 11 wards of the area.
“We have some of them immunising children on house to house basis, while there are fixed and special teams,” she explained.
The director said the local government was providing incentives to encourage parents to allow their children to be immunised.
“These include plastic plates and cups, noodles, detergents and toiletries, among others; we are also doling out other items to the children, like sweets and biscuits,” she added.
Also commenting, the Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Garba Sabongari said the council had earmarked N900,000 for logistics, to ensure the success of the exercise.