Experts say for Nigeria to maintain its polio free status there is need for environmental sanitation and personal hygiene in the communities.
At a 3-Day Media Dialogue on Routine Immunization, Post Polio Certification and Covid-19 Vaccination”, in Yola, Adamawa State, North-east Nigeria, being organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.
UNICEF Communication for Development Specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Onitolo, noted that Nigeria’s status might be reversed if proper hygiene are not maintained.
Dr Onitolo observed that polio has no cure but could be prevented through vaccination.are still very low, providing a possible grounds for outbreaks.
“Polio virus transmits from person to person, or from waste water to person. Children are especially vulnerable because their immune system is weak. “
“We need to act now to protect our children from getting the polio virus, we need to maintain ‘herd immunity’. “
“This means every child child must complete routine immunization so that the virus will not have a window to re-enter our communities.”Dr Onitolo said.
She emphasized that Immunization was the best way to secure the future of children in the country.
It is safe, effective, free and available at all government health centers.
UNICEF Nigeria, Communication Officer, Folashade Adebayo, who spoke on the benefits of the training that it was strengthen alliance and partnership with the media to support the national plan on immunizations including the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine.
“ The essence of the meeting is Increase knowledge and awareness of key media practitioners on the risks of low routine immunization coverage, due to Covid-19 lockdowns last year. ”
The media need to increase the risk perception of the public on Covid-19 and promote preventive measures including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical measures. “
“And we need to provide the media with additional sources of information on Covid-19 vaccines to counter disinformation, misinformation and rumours.”she added.
In a message to , the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Muhammed, urged participants at the media dialogue to continue with awareness creation for a healthier Nigeria.