A statement issued by the State Primary Health Care Board revealed that children between 0–5 years would be vaccinated with two drops of oral polio vaccine, regardless of previous immunisation status, to prevent poliomyelitis that may result in paralysis of the limbs or death.
The Lagos State Government has announced the commencement of polio outbreak response exercise from Saturday, November 14, 2020, in five LGA’S – Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Somolu and Surulere.
The Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Olugbemiga Aina, urged parents to take advantage of the health opportunity.
He said “It is essential to ensure that eligible children within our communities are adequately vaccinated, and our communities are rid of the virus because as long as wild polio virus is still in circulation in some countries, the whole world remains at risk.”
Dr. Aina said that the outbreak response will be administered in two stages, with the first taking place between Saturday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 17, 2020, while the second round will hold from Saturday, 12th to Tuesday 15th December 2020.
“During these periods, vaccination teams will be required to visit residential homes, schools, churches, mosques, gated estates and all public places where eligible children will be found”, the Permanent Secretary explained.
The exercise will be flagged off on Friday, 13th November 2020, at the Abule-Nla Primary Healthcare Centre, Desalu Street, Lagos Mainland Local Government.