Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, says Nigeria remains the only country in Africa still harbouring the polio virus.
Ehanire spoke on Friday in Jalingo, Taraba State at the launching of the monthly outbreak response immunisation campaign against the polio virus.
The minister explained that Nigeria was on the verge of getting out of the menace of polio before the virus unfortunately resurfaced in Borno State.
He said: “It is worrisome to note that Nigeria remains the only country in Africa still harbouring wild polio virus.
“Considering the fact that Taraba falls within the region of the outbreak, this exercise is timely and I commend the state government for this.”
Ehanire noted that the Federal Government was totally committed to tackling the menace in order to remove Nigeria from the list of three countries still harbouring the virus.
He appealed to parents to allow immunisation officers to have access to and administer the vaccine on their children, saying it had no side effects.
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State said the state was doing everything possible to ensure that children were safe.
Ishaku explained that the state government was mindful of the fact that people were migrating from Borno State, where four cases were recently recorded, to Taraba State daily and was therefore out to check possible outbreak.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Haruna Manu, Ishaku directed all the local council chairmen in the state to pay due attention to the immunisation exercise.