Polio vaccine is safe, Sultan reassures

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The Sultan made the statement in Sokoto on Sunday.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has appealed to parents to allow their children be immunised with the polio vaccine, saying it is safe to be vaccinated.

Mr. Abubakar made the appeal in Sokoto on Sunday at the launching of audio and video songs on polio, organised by the Rima FM Listeners Friendship Association, Sokoto.

The Sultan, who was represented by the Emir of Argungu, Sama’ila Mera, also said intensive researches had been conducted on the vaccine and it was found to be very safe.

“We wouldn’t have accepted it if the vaccine is not safe. NAFDAC also certifies all the batches of the vaccine imported into the country,’’ he said.

In his speech Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State commended the association for the gesture.

“The effort will help in further sensitising Nigerians on the dangers of polio and the need to eradicate it,’’ the governor, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Agriculure, Arzika Tureta, said.

Mr. Wamakko, who also noted the efforts of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on Polio and Routine Immunisation, urged the group to sustain the tempo.

The Minister of State for Health, Ali Pate, who spoke through Ado Abdullahi, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to wiping out polio from the country.

Mr. Pate, however, cautioned against politicising the campaign against polio by some Nigerians and commended NTLC for its sustained efforts.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Ado Mohammed, expressed delight that no polio case had been recorded in the state this year.

Mr. Mohammed, who spoke through Shehu Abdulganiyu, said the agency was making frantic efforts together with all the stakeholders to fully eradicate polio from Nigeria.

The Chairman of the association, Nasiru Labaran, explained that the songs were produced with a view to further sensitising Nigerians on the dangers of polio.

The association conferred on Mr. Wamakko a merit award for his contributions to the success of the association’s activities.

Other recipients of awards at the occasion were the Sultan, Mr. Pate and the chairmen of Silame, Yabo, Tureta and Rabah Local Governments, among others.

(NAN)

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    This statement is coming almost eight years late. Yet better late than never. Thousands of babies’ lives will be saved by this. My thoughts for thousand who have already died as a result of ignorance in the north.