…Visits polio survivors, 2022 World Polio Day.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Coordinator of Journalists Initiatives Against Polio (JAP), Mallam Lawal Dogara, says inclusion of affected persons in the implementation of Polio immunization has created visible significance in the elimination of Polio in the country.
Mallam Dogara, who stated this, while speaking on the World Polio Day during a visit to Polio Survivors in Kaduna, however, noted that the battle for polio eradication is not yet over.
He appealed to parents to always trust government programs and abide by policies directed towards improving health of citizens and tackling diseases, especially Covid-19.
Mallam Lawal Dogara commended Chairman of the Kaduna State Polio Survivors, Mallam Rilwan Abdullahi, who was crippled by the polio virus, since forty-seven (47) years ago, for his resilience, and prayed that no child should ever experience such in the future.
Responding, Mallam Rilwan Abdullahi said the International Polio Day was to remember victims and give them a sense of belonging in society.
He said the day accorded them opportunity to play a novelty football match and also relate with themselves, including many prominent Nigerians.
Also speaking, another Polio Survivor, Mallam Suleiman Abdulhazeez, went sober reflection on myths and notions that polio was caused by some evil forces, adding that, it took the effort of media and experts to change such notion.
Mallam Suleiman Abdulhazeez also appealed for continued campaign and sensitization on issues of polio and other deadly diseases in the country.