The Federal Government has denied claims that the polio vaccines been used in the country are contaminated.
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Patte told journalists in Abuja that more than 10 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered world over and have proven effective following the eradication of polio in most countries in the world.
Dr. Patte adds that there is no empirical evidence to substantiate claims that the vaccines are harmful and contaminated.
He urged Nigerians to ignore such claims and that the federal government is working assiduously to ensure that polio is completed eradicated from Nigeria.
The federal government has assured residents of Borno state that it is committed to maintaining peace and well-being of the entire society.
At the launch of the national polio free torch campaign in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, the Minister of state for health, Dr. Muhammad Pate said the inauguration of the presidential taskforce on polio eradication is a sign that President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to reducing the disease before the end of his mandate in 2015 as pledged.
According to the minister who doubles as the chairman of the taskforce, the team is mandated by the president to place the eradication of polio in the country on fast track as well as ensure an upshot of the nation’s health indices particularly on the primary health care system.
The state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima expressed optimism that polio would be completely wiped out of the country in the nearest future.
The governor donated a Toyota Hiace bus to the association of polio victims in the state and a sum of N1 million to a local government immunization officer, Hajiya Ramatu Sani for her personal resources to keep the campaign going.