By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”TRADITIONAL rulers in Delta State have been enlisted in the campaign to eradicateÂ wide polio virus from the state.
Deputy Governor of Delta state,Â Professor Amos Utuama (SAN), who represented the governor while flagging-off the August Sub-National Immunization exercise at Issele-Uku at the weekend, said â€œall members of the state executive council, permanent secretaries and top government functionaries are hereby directed to carry the campaign to their various local government areas and constituencies to ensure adequate coverage of the children in their areas.
â€œI enlist the support of our traditional and community leaders, community-based organizations, women groups and other civil society organizations, to help mobilize families to ensure that eligibleÂ children are vaccinated.
â€œI will like to see local government chairmen take more active part in this campaign by giving adequate support and personally supervising the various activities.â€
Also speaking, the state commissioner for health, Dr. Joseph Otumara, saidÂ â€œwe are worried that in spite of these number of supplemental immunization activity (SIAs) rounds, the state has recorded this year, new cases of polio virus infections, two from Ethiope West, One from Ughelli North and three from Ughelli South, one each from Bomadi and Patani local government areasâ€.