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Rotary International, Partners to Commence National Immunisation Exercise Saturday

Rotary International, Partners to Commence National Immunisation Exercise Saturday

The Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and its partners have announced readiness to commence the second round of the 2016 National Immunisation Days which is slated to run between Saturday, 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March.

Rotary and its major partners alongside Federal and state governments, also disclosed that the exercise will take place in all states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Chairman of the Rotary International Nigeria National PolioPlus committee, Dr. Abdulrahman Olatunji Funso, told newsmen that already, over 20,000 staff have been recruited for the exercise for Lagos state alone.

He said plans had been in top gear all along to ensure a hitch-free exercise adding that exercises such as this is not carried out without careful planning.

Funsho revealed that the staff have been divided into teams which includes a consultant; a vaccinator; town announcer as well as a traditional leader.

“Every vaccination team has four people. You have a supervisor who also takes the record of how many children they immunised, there is the vaccinator as well as the town announcer. And then you have a traditional leader that usually goes with the team.”, the Consultant Cardiologist stated.

Funsho who further noted that the staff have been properly trained as to what to do on the field, also added that “micro-planning”, a system that enables staff know every household in a particular area and also determine whether a house has been visited was also put in place.

The cardiologist said the committee went this extent to ensure success of the exercise by ensuring that every child is immunised.

While expressing pleasure that no case of polio has been recorded since July 2014, the chairman however, explained that immunisation is a continuous exercise hence, the need for subsequent exercises.

The Nigerian PolioPlus Committee was set up by Rotary International to contribute to and, support polio eradication efforts in Nigeria.

According to Funsho, Rotary has spent over $1.5billion out of which $260million was spent on Nigeria alone since its involvement.

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