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No Fewer than 900, 000 children and pregnant women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River are to benefit from Inactivated Polio Vaccination, IPV, in the state.

The wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Dr. Linda Ayade, made this known during the Flag-off of the 2021 Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCHW), week at the densely populated Hausa/Fulani community of Bogobiri in Calabar as part of Eid El Kabir Celebrations.

Dr. Ayade explained that the government invests largely in the IPV exercise due to its immense benefit to pregnant women in a bid to avoid giving birth to deformed children in Cross River State.

On their part, the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, and the Director-General of Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong explained that the state is working towards achieving universal health coverage SDGs target by providing health care delivery to everyone in the state.

The 2021 MNCHW week across the state, according to the government, will help to sensitize the citizens as well as vaccination of children against the Inactivated Poliomyelitis disease.