Nigerian state to use security services for polio campaign

The government of Kaduna State, Nigeria, recently announced that it has authorized the use of the Nigerian Police Force and the State Security Services for its polio eradication campaign.

Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency Dr. Sufiyan Mu'awiyyah Babale said the partnership with the state security agencies would help to ensure that polio is totally eradicated before 2023. Babale made the remarks during a press conference on the upcoming March 2013 Immunization Plus Days, according to

The executive secretary said Kaduna has yet to confirm any new polio cases and that using the security services would aid the vaccination work.

"This is a commendable effort. The governor of Kaduna State in his effort to ensure total eradication of the virus engaged the police commissioner and the state director of SSS, who will send their men to all the nooks and crannies of the state, for the safety of the health workers," Babale said, reports.

Babale said that not everything has gone smoothly and that increasing violence and non-compliance by parents has hampered progress.

"We are appealing to parents to see the need to free their children from the deadly virus. The killing of health workers in some states is another setback that requires proper security cover and in Kaduna state everything has been put in place for the total eradication of the disease," Babale said, reports.