By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Kano State Government has said that it has recorded over 52 months now with out any known case of wild polio virus in the forty four local government area in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the CPRO Health, Ismail Garba Gwammaja, made available on Thursday.
” We have been able to attain this milestone because of our political will, the support of development partners, deep involvment of traditional leaders and cooperation of our people. Yet we are not relenting”, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje pointed out.
Dr. Ganduje disclosed this at the flag off ceremony of the November round of campaign of immunization against polio in Panshekara town, Kumbotso local government area.
The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Health Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso thus, urged parents, stakeholders and other health care givers not to relent unless the nation is certified polio free by the World health organization.
“About three million children below the aged of five are expected to be immunised in all the forty four local government areas”, he said, stressing the importance of regular environmental sanitation and personal hygiene to guard against infectious diseases in all communities, as well as ensuring full immunization coverage of babies from birth to nine months of their delivery.
The Governor added that the present administration has put high premium on health sector, especially in the area of health infrastructure, health financing, human resources, procurements and Drugs chain supply system among other numerous developments.
Accordingly, Dr. Ganduje enjoined people to continue rally round the present administration for more meaningful achievement.
Also speaking, the commissioner for women affairs Hajiya Yardada Mai Kano Bichi appealed to mothers to always patonise hospitals and take advantage of the anti polio campaign to ensure the immunization of their wards for better health.
In his welcome address, the chairman, kumbotso local government council, Alh Kabiru Ado Panshekara expressed appreciation to the government for choosing Kumbotso to be the center for the flag off ceremony among the forty four local government areas in the state, he maintained that the local government would continue to put in its best toward achieving the set goals.