On Friday, Borno State Government declared that it has vaccinated over 2.1 million children against polio in the recently concluded Immuisation Plus Day exercise in the state.
The Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr. Sule Mele, made this announcement while interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
According to Dr. Mele, about 2.2 million children was the target for immunisation in the four-day exercise conducted between Feb. 15 and 19. He confirmed that the agency was able to achieve 96 percent of their target in the exercise while about four per cent of the targeted population in hard-to-reach settlements were not accessible due to security challenges
Dr. Mele noted that some areas such as Kala Balge Local Government Area were absolutely unreachable for the agency as they were totally cut off due to flood disaster and humanitarian crises.
“There are some population trapped in these compromised areas; we may not be able to finish the exercise in four days, we need further plan to see how we can reach them in subsequent exercises,” he said.
Mele said the Agency in collaboration with humanitarian partners deployed about 2, 000 immunisation personnel including monitors and supervisors for the exercise in the state.
The director further revealed that the Agency was working in collaboration with the military, security agencies, community and religious leaders to mobilise participation and facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise.