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Gombe embarks on polio immunisation for nomads

30 August 2012, 12:16

Gombe - The Gombe State Government has said that it would embark on polio immunisation across the nomadic routes, border and swampy areas in the state.

 Dr Nuhu Kuman, the Director, Primary Health Care in the state Ministry of Health, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Thursday.

He said that the exercise  was part of measures to sustain zero prevalence of the disease in the state.

According to him, the special exercise is to enable the nomadic Fulanis, people living in border areas and those living in swampy areas to be immunised.

He said that these groups were being targeted because they were at high risk.

According to him, the state government has not recorded any polio case in the past three years and urged that the achievement be sustained.

Nuhu said that the ministry would also embark on outreach services to areas that lacked health facilities, to attend to the health needs of the people, especially women and children.

“Our health officials will go to areas where there are no health facilities and engage in health care delivery, especially to pregnant women, children and sometimes take deliveries.

“There are no  new cases of the disease, but we are not comfortable since our neighbouring states are affected.

“Gombe State is still at risk because of certain factors such as insecurity in some neighbouring states, which makes people to come to the state.

“We are making efforts to sustain the zero case of the disease; we are not sleeping,” he said.

The director, who is also the Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee of the State Committee on Mobilisation, saidthat  the state had requested for polio vaccines from its neighbours.

He said that the request was made  through the North East Zonal Headquarters of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to ensure that areas of high risk were covered.



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