Survivors of Polio virus in Yobe State have praised the tireless efforts of Yobe State Government and other donor partners like UNICEF, WHO in eradicating the disease in the state.
The event was put together by Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board with support from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF)
Some of the survivors who spoke at the occasion of the commemoration of world polio day in Damaturu also commended the media for creating awareness for the eradication of the virus across the state.
The survivors called on parents to ensure that all children are immunised so as to have a polio free society.
Falmata Tijani, a female survivor in the state pledge to ensure that she will use her condition to influence parents that are still indifferent to accepting the polio vaccine for their children.
“We are the best people to change the minds of our people who still feel uncomfortable with the polio vaccine because of our condition”, Falmata said.
For Kyari Modu, “no child will be allowed to be in our position with the awareness that we have now. Our parents didn’t know. It was ignorance from our parents that made some of us in this condition. History will not be fair to us if we allow this to continue. We have to change that by embarking on a serious awareness campaign against polio. Isha Allah we shall succeed”.
Some of the survivors like Mustapha are happy to have survived the virus, just as he challenged parents to stop careless attitude towards polio vaccination.
“I am call on parents not to exhibit careless towards vaccinating their children
I feel good to have survived this virus and called on the society not to discriminate those who have survived the disease and also call on government to Educate and empower us the affected ones so that we will also be useful in to the society,” Kyari said.
Speaking at the awareness rally, Yobe State Polio incident manager Dr Umar Chiroma explained that the day is set aside by the United Nations to remember those who fought for the eradication of Polio in the World and also to remind citizens on the importance of children taking the oral vaccine.