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Anambra monarch kicks off polio immunization campaign

No wild polio case reported in Nigeria in 20 weeks – Rotary

Ninety-eight-year old traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu has kicked off Outbreak Response (OBR) Polio Immunization Campaign in Nnewi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The traditional ruler, who is believed to be the oldest monarch in the state, during the occasion, expressed support and readiness to ensure that polio would be kept at zero level in the state.

In attendance during the event was the Transition Committee Chairman of Nnewi North LGA, Chris Obiorah, among other key stakeholders in Nnewi North in support of the OBR campaign in the LGA.

Meanwhile, the Sydani State Lead, Shadrach Nwekeagu has said that the efforts by the Sydani Group were to ensure that no child would be left out of immunization at the grassroots level.

Read also: Anambra targets 2.6m children for polio vaccination

Speaking at the event in the palace of the traditional ruler of Uke, Igwe Charles Oranyelu, Nwekeagu said that Sydani had since February 2023 been engaging with traditional and religious leaders in the state that respect.

He listed the following as the interfaced bodies, the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, headed by Igwe Alfred Achebe (Obi of Onitsha), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra Chapter, the Council of Islamic Affairs, Anambra Chapter, State Primary HealthCare Development Agency.

He said the organisation had inaugurated a health committee for the SoRTLE project at the state and local government levels for optimising immunization and other PHC services at the community level.

According to him, the initiative was to leverage the influence of the religious leaders and traditional rulers in achieving the project objective.

Southern Religious and Traditional Rulers Engagement (SoRTLE) for PHC Delivery project is an initiative of Sydani group and National Primary HealthCare Development Agency that seeks to optimise the uptake of immunizations and other PHC services in Anambra State