PLSG threatens school closure for resisting polio immunization

Plateau State government has threaten to close down any school caught rejecting Polio Immunization in its premises.
Governor Simon Lalong gave the warning yesterday while performing the official launch of the European Union Support to Immunization Governance in Nigerian (EU-SIGN) project in the sate held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, little Rayfield, Jos.
Lalong who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden said government has received cases of rejection of polio immunization officers and that government would hence forth close down any school found rejecting immunization officials access to its premises.
Lalong said it was the responsibility of school management to inform parents about the development before admitting their wards in any school, adding that his administration was committed to the provision of qualitative healthcare delivery to all citizens in the state.
He commended EU-SIGN and its partners for their commitment to polio immunization programme in the state, noting that the success story 7 years of polio free could not have been possible without the assistance of EU-SIGN and its partners, assuring that government will continue to sustain the partnership payment counterpart funds.
Team leader EU-SIGN, Dr. James Attah commended the Plateau State government commitment to Polio Immunization activities in the state, adding that the state was the best in the country.
He disclosed that EU-SIGN has donated cold chain equipment to support polio immunization in the state, adding that the state would benefit more from the organization.
Executive secretary National Health Care Development Agency, Dr Uche Uzona represented by Dr Garba El-Rufai, Head of Routine Immunization in the agency appreciate the role of traditional rulers in the state in supporting polio immunization and pledged the support of the agency to the state government in its effort to achieve a free polio society.
While giving an over view of EU-SIGN support programme in Nigeria, Technical Assistant Solomon Tersa disclosed that over 50 million Euro has been donated in support of immunization activities in the country and assured of more assistance to the state.
Plateau State Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Livinus Miapkwap commended the state government immunization release of N30 million for routine immunization.
He thanked EU-SIGN for building cold chain rooms in Jos-North, Bassa and Barkin Ladi local government areas.
Goodwill message also came from the Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak and his counterpart that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dayabu Garga, Chairman House Committee on Health in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Simon Kudu and the Emir of Kanam who is also the representative of the state traditional council in the northern traditional committee on polio immunization, Mohammadu Babangida Muazu who all applauded the contributions EU-SIGN in polio eradication in the state.

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