Written by Williams ABAH

300,000 Abuja residents vaccinated against polio

No fewer than 300, 000 residents of Galuwyi community, off Mpape, in Bwari Area Council, have been vaccinated against polio infections. 

The residents were vaccinated by a medical team put together by the Rotary Club of Abuja, Maitama District and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, between September 2018 and July 2019. 

The outgoing president of the Rotary Maitama District 9125, Winifred Ogbebo, stated this at the club's eighth investiture, adding that the community also was in dire need of health workers. 

It was learnt that the few available health workers usually could not stay in Galuwyi because they lack residential quarters, which made the Rotary club build some residential quarters for them. 

The outgoing president of the Rotary Club, Ogbebo said the club adopted a community in Galuwayi off Mpape in Bwari, noting that the six areas of focus including maternal and child health as well as basic education will be provided. 

She said the club have been embarking on Polio eradication programmes, that had afforded them the opportunity to vaccinate about 300, 000 residents against polio. 

In her words, "in the community, we have been able to build a healthcare centre. We got to know that the dwellers did not have health workers who sleep with them at night. When they fall sick at night, there is no doctor or nurse. So we built some health quarters so that the workers can sleep in the community". 

The incoming president, Eucheria Ekweozoh, noted that the club would carry out more humanitarian programmes for the rural dwellers in the FCT. 

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