The Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency in Collaboration with Rotary Club of Calabar an international service organization of business , professional and community Leaders across the State yesterday 24th October, 2017 Marked World Polio Day with a Road Walk and public sensitization on Polio and importance of immunization to save children.
Speaking, Dr Betta Edu said the aim of the walk is to sensitise the public about polio disease and how oral polio immunisation can prevent to prevent the disease in the State.
She decried the practice by some community dwellers who disallowed polio vaccination in their houses thus reducing herd immunity and hindering efforts toward eradication of polio in Nigeria. She warned them against such practices of refusing immunisation as it endangers the child, exposing that child to the risk of contacting several diseases which Polio could be among.
Dr Edu used the opportunity to debunked rumours of killer immunization across the State and advised parents to always make their wards available for immunization to avoid vaccine preventable disease as we work to kick out Polio from Nigeria.
Dr Bob Mgbeje , the President of Calabar Rotary Club, said the walk and sensitization was to commemorate this year’s World Polio Day with the theme: “A walk keeping Nigeria on zero’’ being celebrated globally on Oct. 24. “We are here to sensitise the residents, passersby, market men and women on the need to bring polio to zero level; we are celebrating the ultimate quit notice given to polio in Nigeria. “We also want to put an end to polio infection in the community and the country at large.
Also Speaking, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affairs, Chief (Rotarian) Peter Ojie said that Rotary awareness campaign started since 1985 in the bid to create relevant awareness on danger of the disease and since then Rotary has always employed sensitisation as a tool to enhance the fight against polio, it is so good we have been able to sustain it yearly and we will also do it in 2018 until it is eradicated.
The Walk began at Zoo Garden Park and proceeded to Marian Market and Calabar Municipal Council with Former Calabar Rotary Club President, Disable Community with their fantastic road display and their Members who had earlier held a novelty football match to Celebrate the day.