Kano vows to sustain polio free status

Acheme Jack, Kano

A child receiving polio vaccine

The Kano state government says it will do everything possible to sustain the current status of polio Free State it has been enjoying in the last two years.

Governor Umar Ganduje said that the sustenance of the Polio free state was as a result of the quality of work done among communities before the last incidence that occurred in July 2014.

‘’I’m happy about the sustenance of polio free status in kano as we work towards its total eradication by continuously mobilizing our rural communities against the dreaded disease, ’’ he said.

Governor Ganduje was speaking at an event organised by the Rotary Club International, Kano state branch to mark this year’s World polio Day with the theme ‘Eradicate Polio now’

The Governor reaffirmed that government was committed towards the total eradication of polio in the state and indeed the entire country.

He commended parents, foot soldiers, community leaders and development partners for the success recorded so far.

Kano state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabir Getso in his remark stressed that the polio free status was achieved through the mobilization process put in place in rural communities, enhanced by quality allocation and prompt release of finances by the state government.

‘’It is on record that Kano has not had any incidence of polio in the last two years and we hope to maintain that till 2O19 and beyond. Infact we had our last case on the 24th July, 2O14 in Sumaila Local government Area.’’

He noted that  UNICEF in view of the development had further mobilized over 3,OOO women, as well as parents to enhance routine immunization in the state.

According to him, some communities in Rogo local government area that earlier resisted the routine polio immunization have all been sensitized and subsequently vaccinated.

The representative of health Africa, Hadiza Adamu commended all the stakeholders for the success recorded so far and urged them to work towards ending the scourge in Nigeria.

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