Measles eradication: KNSG flags off 2019 vaccination – By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has observed that unvaccinated young children are always at highest risk of being infected with measles and its complications.
The governor pointed out that measles affects mostly children under five years of age and remains an important cause of death among young children globally.
Dr. Ganduje made the assertion recently while flagging off this year’s vaccination campaign against the disease in Kano state capital.
Represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the governor said despite concerted effort and commitment made by his administration to fight against the disease, significant number of children get infected with it.
It is in line with persistent desire to address the menace of child killer disease across the state; Governor Ganduje reiterated that his administration would double efforts in reducing maternal and child mortality through the establishment of additional centres of excellence in healthcare delivery.
“You will bear me witness that this administration has recorded monumental successes in polio eradication and routine immunization as well as primary healthcare services in the state. It is suffice to mention that Kano is 63 months without case of wild polio virus.
“However, it is pertinent to state that with resolve of this administration, Kano State Government is fully committed to providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services to the good people of the state,” he assured.
According to him, all efforts made by the state to improve healthcare delivery had been confirmed and became obvious especially at the primary and secondary healthcare levels.
“As we commence this measles vaccination campaign, it is my fervent hope that we will attain a 100% coverage with resounding success and quality outcomes that will lead us toward the total elimination of this disease,” he maintained.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Usman Bala explained that the campaign had been scheduled to be carried out in a staggered manner across the 484 political wards and 44 local government areas of the state, which began last week.
He reported that the state, so far received over 2.9 million doses of measles vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and achieved sustainable progress in training of personnel, provision of logistic and support from the development partners, stressing that: “medical supplies and consumables required have been distributed to all the six respected zones and local government areas’ Cold Chain Stores.”
In their separate remarks, the representatives of the Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya assured of their continued commitment and cooperation towards achieving the success of the programme.
During the flag-off of the programme, representatives of development partners on healthcare presented goodwill messages on behalf of their respective organisations.