Polio In Nigeria: Fashola Tasks FG On Open Defecation

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has urged the Federal Government to initiate campaigns against open defecation in the country, as it is regarded as one of the ways by which polio is spread.

Speaking to a horde of physically challenged persons and school pupils at the formal launch of the anti-polio animated Comic Movie, “The Polio” in Oregun, Ikeja, produced by Mr. Olugbenga Kuye, Fashola lamented that the country was still being counted among those battling to eradicate polio virus.

“If everyone took the campaign against the virus serious-like the Lagos State government,” noted Fashola, polio would have been eradicated in the country.

In the last five years, Lagos has not recorded any polio case, the governor said, noting however that as long as other parts of the country still have the virus and their residents travel, “then residents of Lagos remain at the risk of getting infected.”

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He therefore called on the federal government to initiate campaign against open defecation in the country, as one of the ways to stem the spread of the virus.


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