Abuja – Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has promised to ensure prompt release of funds and efficient tracking of routine immunization activities in the state as part of efforts to eradicate polio.
The governor made the assertion during the 2015 Mid-year review of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between state government, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation.
The partnership aims to strengthen routine immunisation in the state.
Ganduje promised that the government would maintain high level of support and engagement in routine immunization to ensure a healthy society.
By next week, the partnership will see the training of 1 963 traditional birth attendants to help in strengthening provision of quality integrated maternal and child health in the state.
Ganduje said stated that he was impressed by the commitment of the state Emirate Council to eradicating the paralyzing disease.
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He noted that the Emir recently warned that any traditional leader in his domain whose community refused to cooperate with health officials for immunization would be summarily dethroned.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabir Ibrahim Getso, explained that even though the government had made remarkable improvements in the provision of facilities and implementation of immunization programme strategies, focus would be centered on special planning for prevention of importation of polio by internally displaced persons and nomads.
He said among other things that his Ministry would prioritize improvement of quality of fixed and outreach immunization sessions, operationalize routine immunization supervision standards, step up community linkages and strengthen financial management processes to consolidate the past achievements.
Recently Nigeria celebrated one year without a single case of polio.
If no cases are reported in the following weeks and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms previously affected areas are free of the virus, Nigeria is expected to be removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic.
- CAJ News