Cross River State Acting Governor, Efiok Cobham has directed the state ministry of health to give special attention to the troubled people of Adadama where the case of wild polio virus was recorded in 2009.
The Acting Governor said this while flagging-off the 2013 national immunization plus day at government secondary school Main Avenue, Calabar.
He said the present conditions of leaving in Adadama had deteriorated as a result of the recent crisis and needed special polio intervention, especially for the women and children who are now living in the refugee camps.
Mr. Cobham recalled that Adadama was the first community where a case of wild polio virus was recorded in 2009.
“I hereby direct the ministry of health to ensure that concrete arrangements are put in place to cater for the internally displaced children in Adadama .This is important because of the last case of wild polio virus recorded in Adadama in 2009” he said.
In her remarks, the state commissioner for health, Dr Angela Oyo-Ita said, Cross River State has recorded 79% out of the 90% national bench mark of the polio coverage despite the challenge of terrain.
Oyo-Ita charged all mothers to spread the message of immunization to their neighborhoods, stressing that exclusive breastfeeding will make their children strong and healthy. This, the commissioner said is the first immunization every child needs from the mother.
The high point of the flag-off was the sensitization message for mothers on how to do salt and sugar solution, as well as the administering of the polio vaccines to children by the state acting governor, the commissioner for health, the executive chairman of Calabar South local government and some traditional rulers present.
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