Dr. Ibrahim Sule, the Niger Commissioner for Health, on Tuesday urged traditional rulers, community heads and other stakeholders to assist in sensitising people on the importance of polio immunisation.
Sule made the call in Minna during Polio Survivor’s rally, which was organised by the Association of Polio Affected Persons, Minna chapter.
He said the rally was organised to create awareness against polio and the five child killer diseases.
“The polio survivors are lending their voices to fight against these deadly diseases; they have suffered the effect and do not want any child to come to similar fate.
“Polio is a disease caused by virus and transmitted by ingestion of substances contaminated by faeces of an infected person.”
Sule commended the efforts of the association and other stakeholders for their determination to eradicate polio, urging them to educate parents against boycotting the exercise.
Earlier, the chairman of the association, Malam Auwal Ahmed, appealed to traditional rulers to educate the people to accept the exercise, adding that the immunisation should not be taken for granted.
He appealed to the state government to empower its members to stop begging.