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  • News - North West - Kano
  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Kano State, UNICEF partner to protect children from polio outbreak

Kano State, UNICEF partner to protect children from polio ou

The Kano State Government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have partnered to protect children from polio outbreaks.

This was made known on Thursday in a media orientation meeting on polio eradication at Tahir guest palace.

Dr. Mohammed Nasir Mahmoud, Director General of Kano State Primary Healthcare Development Board (PHCDB), revealed that it's all about getting Kano’s routine immunization right.

"Polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented.

“Every child born in Nigeria should be enroll in vaccination,” he said

According to him, many children in Kano state are not vaccinated routinely.

He emphasized the critical need to dispel myths surrounding polio. 

He clarified that the strain of polio currently present in Kano is a new variant, distinct from the one causing disabilities.

"We are putting all hands on deck to combat this new variant and prevent a resurgence of wild polio," assured Dr. Mahmud. 

He called for strengthened public health systems with at least one functional primary health center in each political ward of the state.

He however, expressed confidence in eradicating polio before the end of 2024 through robust coordination and renewed immunization efforts.

He further announced the formation of a state task force committee, led by the deputy governor, to ensure comprehensive immunization coverage for children under 5 years old.

Dr. Shehu Abdullahi, the Kano state immunization officer at the board stressed the importance of parental education on vaccines.

He said every parent should appreciate the benefit of immunization not because of money or incentives they get from it but because they know it's very important.

Parents and caregivers should know that not when a child does not take his routine vaccination, they are prone to diseases.

“When caregivers immunize their children it not only protects their child but other children. This is because one child can infect more than 200 children,” he said.

Mr. Michael Banda, Officer-in-Charge of the UNICEF Field Office Kano emphasized the need to prioritize routine immunization.

“Let’s all work together – government, development partners, religious and traditional leaders, communities, NGOs, CSOs and the media, to ensure that every Nigerian child under five is vaccinated to protect them from not just POLIO, but all other vaccine preventable diseases,” he added.

Stakeholders from Kano, Jigawa and Katsina were all in attendance.

The renewed push comes after Kano state witnessed 7 outbreak in cVPV2 (not wild polio) cases in 2024.

 

 

 

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