By Nahimat Adekoga

The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to end polio virus in the country, as it unveiled plans to immunise about 87 million children before the end of December.

This followed the outbreak of the disease in Jere and Gwoza areas of Borno State.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole who disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja, said that the government has also promised to release N9.8 billion for polio vaccines and other related activities.

Adewole explained that the money would be used to execute the polio response plan developed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and other partners.

He said “We have enough funds for vaccines. We earmarked N9.8 billion for polio and by Monday, the entire N9.8 billion will be released’’.

The response plan, according to the Minister, includes five rounds of polio campaign, three of which will be focused on 16 northern states and two to be conducted nationwide.

The campaigns, he noted, would be synchronized with the affected regions and provinces in Chad, Niger and Cameroun.

The N9.8 billion to be released is exclusive of the N6.5 billion earlier approved by the Ministry of Finance when the polio crisis started.

Adewole, however, raised alarm that there was high risk of further spread of the virus due to population movement within and around the states.

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