The UNICEF says without adequate awareness on the need for people to continue routine immunisations, especially that of polio, there are possibilities of polio disease resurfacing in the country.

This, UNICEF said, could happen even after the country had been certified free of polio by the World Health Organisation, hence the need for the media to increase awareness for persons in the Northeast to embrace routine immunisation.

Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Elizabeth Onitolo, made the call on Tuesday in Yola, Adamawa State, at the opening session of a three-day media dialogue.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the media dialogue was jointly organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Onitolo said that routine immunisation helps eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases ravaging the country.

“No child must die of polio again in Nigeria; we sincerely plead with the media to help us out by creating awareness and sensitising the people on routine immunisation,” she said.

 

NAN

 

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