DAMATURU – Aimed at building a network of journalists to support the overarching Polio Eradication Initiative goals, Journalists Against Polio (JAP) has embarked on advocacy visit to some selected public and private schools in Yobe State.
Yobe State Social Mobilization Technical Committee Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Babeh informed that caregivers, parents and clients that the IPV and BOPV will take place in two phases, phase one will be administered in 10 local government areas of Yobe State which will commence on November 7-12, 2018 with the following local governments, Damturu, Tarmuwa, Gulani, Gujba, Fika, Fune, Bade, Yunusari and Nguru. While phase two according to him will be administered in the remaining 7 local government areas of Yusufari, Jakusko, Bursari, Potiskum, Nangere, Karasuwa and Machina respectively.
Babeh said that the journalists were dispatched to these local government areas for advocacy and enlightenment in schools.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), seeing that journalists were a major group in the spreading the negative campaign in various media, decided to partner with them to counter the further spread of the negative messages.
Pursuant to achieving the overall goal of polio eradication and after several consultations and sensitization of an initial group of journalists, the Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio (JAP) was formed in 2007 by Nigerian journalists working for international, national, and local media companies to carry out communication initiatives aimed at highlighting polio eradication activities and the importance of immunisation in northern Nigeria.