World Polio Day: Kwara clears, fumigates polio infested Amule River, others in Ilorin

Written by on October 24, 2019

Today is World Polio Day.

Twenty-fourth of October every year is set aside by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Rotary International and other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to celebrate the individuals and organizations that have brought the world ever closer to polio eradication and to highlight the remaining challenges.

In Kwara State, the State Ministry of Environment and Forestry organised clean up exercise and sensitisation programmme on open defecation, sanitation and hygiene at Amule River, Okelele area of Ilorin in partnership with Unilorin Students’ One Health Initiative (UNILOSOHI) and Rotary International.

Speaking during the event, the State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, said the government is aware of environmental challenges in the state and would spare no effort in fixing them.

Mr Alabi promised that the government would continue to place emphasis on education of the public to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse to avert diseases.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Alhaji Isiaka Al-Amin explained that the government organised the event to show its concerted efforts at preventing outbreak of diseases in the state.

Alhaji Al-Amin said the government had procured chemicals that would render the virus impotent, saying that Aluko River from Olufadi down to Isale Aluko area along Kuntu and Amule River right from Kaiama road to Asa River in Ilorin would be fumigated to safe the state from diseases.

In her remarks, the President, Unilorin Students’ One Health Initiative (UNILOSOHI), Miss Lateefah AbdulKarim emphasised the need for parents to present their children for vaccination to make them healthy and prevent diseases.

Mrs AbdulKarim called on residents of Ilorin to maintain a cleaner and safer environment in order to live a healthy life.

The Chairman, Health Committee of Rotary Club of Ilorin, Otunba Rick Oladele said Nigeria is the only endemic nation in the Sub-Sahara Africa and called on relevant bodies to do more to get the country rid of polio.

Otunba Oladele promised that Rotary Club would continue to champion sensitisation of the public to ensure that the state is safe from wild polio.

Written By : Abdulrosheed okiki @okikitweet

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