By Bashir Mohammed
Kano state government has expressed its determination to sustain the priority it had accorded to routine immunisation exercise across all the 44 local government councils “through the provision of eff ective cold chain system and the employment of health personnel.
” Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday on the SIPDs and Measles Vaccination Campaigns, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said in the last 39 months, Kano “has not recorded a single case of poliomyelitis which is a true refl ection of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s commitment to the provision of quality health care services in the state.
” Getso said the Ganduje administration was deeply concerned about measles burden which called for an immediate intervention, adding that measles “has devastating eff ects on children which sometimes leads to blindness, deafness and if not properly managed may result in death.
” He said government had also “taken steps to address the prevalence of malaria and other communicable diseases in line with the federal government’s agenda of malaria-free nation between 2014-2020 through strong collaborations between the ministries of health, environment, information, education and other line agencies to reduce the breeding of mosquitoes in the environment.
” He said the elimination of malaria “does not only stop at health interventions, but also on environmental aspect of vector control,” adding that through the Ministry of Environment, the Ganduje administration had procured 11 No.
heavy duty vehicle-mounted mosquito control motorised fumigation machines worth millions of naira with a view to reducing mosquito breeding.