Polio: Jobe tasks stakeholders on prevention of its resurgence

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Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Farouk Lawal Jobe, has charged all health workers and others stakeholders to prevent resurgence of polio virus in state as some countries are still facing polio endemic.

Jobe, who gave the charge at the flag off of 2023 Polio Immunization Campaign across the state held in Charanchi  yesterday, urged all the stakeholders to ensure high quality routine and supplementary immunization service to sustain the government’s commitment to national and global efforts towards polio eradication.

The Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of State, Arch. Ahmad Musa Dangiwa, said the campaigns aim  at boosting immunity, reducing missed opportunities, supplementing routine immunizations and preventing the spread of any type of polio virus. 

“Though Nigeria has been declared free of wild polio virus, it is important that polio-free countries ensure high quality routine and supplementary immunization services and coverages to prevent resurgence of polio virus from other countries that are still polio endemic.

He assured that current state administration under the leadership of Mallam Dikko Umar Radda had prioritized health care and would do its best for the people of Katsina State.

 He expressed appreciation to the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils and traditional leaders at all levels, including religious leaders, for their tireless efforts at community mobilization for polio programme and all primary health care activities.  

Mallam Faruk Lawal Jobe also enjoined all Local Government Chairmen to provide oversight and attend the evening review meetings for the success of the on going immunization campaign.

The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Health, represented by its director of public health, Dr Muawiyya Aliyu, described the campaign as very important as part of the measures geared towards global polio eradication.

“It is responsible of all to protect communities from the diseases hence the need for all stakeholders to ensure that no child will miss the vaccine,” he stressed.

Also speaking the acting Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Nafisa sani, said the campaign has been sustained over the years to ensure that the state is free of all types of the polio virus.

She said: “Significant efforts had been made in the past with numerous successes and activities for this round of the exercise will be by the House – to – House campaign.”

Dr Nafisa sani called on the care givers to continue to utilize every opportunity to immunize their wards against vaccine preventable disease and embrace all cost effective preventive services provided both at community and facility level.

She also called on people to embrace personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the out break of cholera in the state.

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