The Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Saturday pledged to maintain the state’s 100 percent polio free track record by strengthening its polio immunization and sensitisation campaign efforts.
Mr Uduaghan said this at flag off ceremony of the 2013 First Quarter Polio Immunisation and Sensitisation Campaign which held at the Oharisi Primary School, Ughelli.
The officials of the Ministry of Health, High chiefs and Local Government Councils were all present in this routine immunization exercise.
In his opening address, the State Commissioner for Health, Josesph Otumara called on local government councils especially Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Burutu, Ethiope East, Ndokwa West and Isoko South to increase their commitment to the eradication of the wild polio virus in their area.
Speaking at the event, Governor Uduaghan stated that Delta State has been declared free of the wild polio disease for some years now and since the polio infection is still prevalent in some parts of the country.
He restated his commitment and said the government will continue to strengthen the “Kick Polio Out Campaign “so the state would not be caught off guard.
He also appealed to opinion, traditional and religious rulers for their support to totally eradicate wild polio infection in the state, and charged the State Waste Management Board and the Local government Councils to redouble their environmental sanitation efforts since wild polio virus thrives in unhygienic environment.