The Government of Yobe state, on inaugurated what it called polio outbreak response centers in remote border communities of the state as a way of checking the influx of unimmunized children coming into the state.
The deputy governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, officiated during the setting up of the centres, which he said were to dot the open borders Nigeria shares with Niger Republic.
Speaking at Tulo-Tulowa, one of the border villages in Yusufari local government area of Yobe state, Mr. Aliyu said the Polio Response Centers are to be set up in Yusufari, Machina and Bade local government areas of the state.
The deputy governor hoped the effort would strengthen the ongoing polio eradication campaign that was re-launched in the state recently after the recent outbreak of three cases of the polio in nearby Borno State.
“We are here to mount outbreak response centers at entry points of major towns in the state”, said the the Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the chairman of the task force established to monitor the polio situation.
“The polio outbreak eradication task force has also devised another strategy of combating any occurrence or outbreak of the diseases in this state.”
He said traditional rulers of the border communities – namely those of Bade and Yusufari – had been drafted into the taskforce to boost the enlightenment campaigns against scourge of polio.
The Emir of Bade, Abubakar Umar Suleiman II, said the state’s traditional leadership would continue to monitor the efficiency of the exercise.
“With the setting up of outbreak response centers at check points across major towns of the state combine with the campaign around inaccessible border communities in the state, Yobe is set to ensure total eradication of polio in the country,” said the Emir.