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Rotary club of Ogudu vaccinates children in Lagos community against polio


[FILE PHOTO] Polio immunisation

As part of efforts to ensure Nigeria is declared polio free, Rotary Club of Ogudu GRA at the weekend vaccinated over 200 children in Ogudu community, Lagos State against the spread of the virus.

Polio, also known as poliomyelitis and infantile paralysis, is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to paralysis, breathing problems, or even death. It most commonly affects children under five years old.

Although, polio has been eradicated in every country of the world except for Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, efforts are been made to ensure its total eradication in Nigeria by 2019.

Speaking during the medical outreach, the President, Rotn. Ojinika Okeke said in line with Rotary’s commitment to health this year, they brought healthcare professionals to the community to provide free immunisation to the children, to ensure that by August 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) would certified the country as polio free.

Okeke stated that through the outreach, the club intends to provide free immunisation to over 200 children in the community, adding that with persistence and more awareness in the drive against the virus, there is possibility of achieving the targeted date of polio eradication in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Project Coordinator, Rotn Gbemileke Afolabi, who is also a pharmacist said with Rotary spearheading the eradication of polio across the world, Nigeria is very close to being satisfied polio free by ending of 2019.

He explained that the awareness walk done with the vaccination is to ensure that “we generate enough awareness in our locality here and to contribute towards humanity and also ensure that polio is kicked out of Nigeria completely.

“We have already generated a lot of awareness about the very serious childhood infection, so a lot of babies and children are vaccinated today, including other childhood diseases vaccines were given; a lot of antigens, apart from oral polio virus, other activities would be done to ensure that the baby is healthy and well balanced.”

He said Rotary club would continue to create and drive awareness across communities until Nigeria is totally free of polio.

“Once polio is out of the whole location, you can be assured that the burden of one of the major diseases affecting children is definitely

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