…Records 64 months without virus
By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano intensifies effort on fight against polio
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that his administration will continue to intensify its commitment on the fight against polio and other child-killer diseases in the state.
He gave the assurance during the flag-off ceremony of January 2020 National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) held at Tofa town in Tofa Local Government Area of the state.
“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 record of spending good 64 months without the outbreak of polio in Kano,” he revealed.
Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said the success so far achieved is one of the feedbacks of the administration’s commitment towards improving the health sector in the last four years.
“It is obvious that our administration in the last four years has succeeded in accomplishing its campaign promises, especially on health. These include construction/upgrading of hospitals across 44 local government areas, procurement of new working facilities and training of health personnel among others, “Ganduje said.
The governor further unveiled plans of his administration towards general improvement of the state ministry of health, upgrading of its hospitals and revitalising the primary healthcare sector to allow people to have direct access to efficient healthcare services.
Ganduje added: “Presently, Kano State Government has approved huge amount of money for the construction of hospitals at our four new Emirates and not only that, the administration has commenced the construction of one of the best cancer centers at Giginyu for the benefit of our teeming populace.”
He further acknowledged with appreciation how traditional rulers augment his effort on healthcare delivery, especially in terms of polio and routine immunisation programmes, stressing that: “…the state also applauds and thanks other development partners for their immense contributions towards polio eradication in the state.”
In his remarks, the state commissioner of health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, represented by the Director General of the state Hospital Management Board, Dr. Nasiru Alasan Kabo said that the state had procured 3,732,040 vaccines to be distributed its 44 local government areas for effective immunization exercise.
“We should always not forget with implications of polio to the lives of our children and that explains the need for us to join hands in the crusade to eradicate the disease once and for all,” said the commissioner.
In their messages to the occasion through Sarkin Yakin Gaya, District Head of Ajingi, Alhaji Wada Aliyu, the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, the Emir of Rano, Dr. Tafida Abubakar Ilah and Emir of Karaye, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar II assured of their Emirates’ readiness to continue to enlighten their people on the importance of immunisation exercise.