Immunization: Kano records 60-month Polio-free moment– Ganduje
By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has disclosed that Kano has recorded a good 60 months without the outbreak of polio disease in the State.
Ganduje made the disclosure during the flag-off ceremony of August 2019 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) held at Tsalle town in Gezawa Local Government Area.
“It is part of the cardinal agenda of this administration to eradicate polio and fight against the spread of other child-killer diseases in the State. This is the reason behind our outstanding achievement in spending good 60 months without the outbreak of polio in Kano,” he revealed.
Ganduje represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna maintained that the success recorded on polio was the outcome of the State Government’s commitment to improving the health sector in the last four years of the incumbent administration.
“It is obvious that our administration in the last four years, has succeeded in accomplishing our campaign promises especially on health. These include construction/upgrading of hospitals across the 44 Local Government Areas, procurement of new working facilities and training of health personnel among others, “Ganduje said.
The Governor further unveiled the plans of his administration in the next coming four years toward general improvement of the State Ministry of Health, upgrading of the state hospitals and revitalizing the Primary Healthcare Sector to meet the Federal Government’s agenda.
He acknowledged with appreciation how traditional rulers in the State complement government’s effort on healthcare delivery especially in terms of polio and routine immunization programmes, stressing that the State also applauded other international organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, ROTARY, ALIKO DANGOTE and CDC-NSTOP among others, for their contributions toward polio eradication programmes in the State.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Health, Alhaji. Usman Bala explained that the exercise began on 3rd August, 2019 with eight Metropolitan Local Government Areas where the programme would commence on 5th-8th of this month in the remaining 36 Local Government Areas.
He announced that the State under the Ministry of health had witnessed tremendous achievements on routine immunizations exercise which according to him, only few Local Government areas were rated low in terms of their performance.
Earlier, the representative of UNICEF, Alhaji Kabiru Rabi’u had explained that polio immunization was a programme that required the contribution of all irrespective of one’s status in life.
“Despite the financial commitments involved, international organisations, state and local government are putting in their best to ensure success of polio immunization exercise. So everybody has a role to play to kick the virus out of Africa,” he added.