2019 measles vaccination: Kano targets 3m children
*As Ganduje assures adequate logistics support
By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano State Government has concluded arrangements to vaccinate about three million children under the age of five years during this year’s measles vaccination exercise which began yesterday and is expected to end on November 12 this year.
To this end, the administration had already procured 2,900,000 vaccines aimed at ensuring effective vaccination of the children across the state.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the state disclosed this during a meeting with Task Force Committee on Measles Vaccination Campaign, local government chairmen and districts heads held at Africa House recently.
“To achieve our targets on this year’s vaccination exercise against the spread of measles in the state, government has procured 2.9 million vaccines and distributed them to 1,200 hospitals and some selected centres across the state.
“Not only that, we have trained 24,750 qualified staff who are to carry out the vaccination exercise and made all the necessary provisions for their effective performanceand operation,” said Ganduje.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, maintained that his administration would continue to intensify effort in taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of measles and other child killer diseases across the state.
“We are fully aware on how the disease spreads through various means of contact and that is why, this time around, we have made adequate arrangements to achieve 100% success of the programme,” he emphasized.
He noted that based on the previous record of 2017 measles vaccination exercise during which the state achieved only 75 per cent, more efforts need to be put in place to make the state winner of the vaccination exercise among its counterparts.
Ganduje said: “It is in view of this development, I would like to call on the local government chairmen and our district heads to, in spite of their tight schedules, ensure that they accord all the deserved priorities to this programme and make sure that they attend the daily evening review meeting usually conducted during the vaccination period.”
While calling on parents to continue to cooperate with the health personnel during the next round of the exercise, Ganduje appreciated the effort of all the development partners towards the general success of the programme in the state.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Usman Bala, explained that the meeting was part of this year’s measles vaccination exercise preparations and the systematic plans to be adopted.
The Permanent Secretary maintained that during the programme, not less than 95 per cent of children under the age of five years are targeted to be vaccinated as this category becomes the most common victims of measles infection.
“His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje provides all the logistics support needed whenever the programme on immunization comes and this makes the state to get best record so far,” Bala said.
He further thanked traditional rulers, parents and other stakeholders in the state for coming together to ensure success of the exercise.
Speaking on behalf of the five Emirate Councils in the state, the District Head of Ajingi, Sarkin Yakin Gaya, Alhaji Wada Aliyu, stressed the need for traditional leaders to put heads together towards enlightening parents to bring out their children for the exercise.
“As usual, the five Emirates Councils will continue to monitor the exercise by attending regular evening review meetings and ensure that our village and ward heads accord the needed support and cooperation to the programme,”
he assured. During the meeting, Incident Manager, Dr. Bashir Lawan Muhammad presented the report on 2017 measles vaccination exercise and plans for the next round.