Minister flags off polio eradication programme

Olajumoke Akinjide, state minister of FCT
Olajumoke Akinjide, state minister of FCT

Minister of State for FCT commences anti-polio campaign.

The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, on Thursday flagged off the Local Immunisation Days (LIDs) programme to rid the territory of poliomyelitis and other diseases.

The LIDs are days that have been designed to improve health care for women and children through immunisation in 250 health facilities across the six areas councils of the FCT.

The minister called for concerted efforts by all FCT residents and stakeholders to help eradicate polio from the territory.

“The 250 health facilities within all the Area Councils and quite a number of outreach sites will be involved in providing services during the Local Immunisation Days. This, I believe, is with a view to improving access so that community members are encouraged to utilize the services provided,” she said.

Ms. Akinjide called on all religious and community leaders to support the LID programme saying that immunization is one of the cheapest means to avoid certain disease.