Jigawa State Declared Polio Free

Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHDA), Dr Kabir Ibrahim has stated during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday that the state has not recorded any new polio case in six years.

Poliomyelitis also known as polio is an infectious decease that leads to muscle weakness. This then leads to the person’s inability to move mostly the legs but in rare cases the neck and head muscles and diaphragm.

 He said concerted efforts of the state government, traditional institution and other relevant stakeholders played a great role in tackling the disease.

The official, however, decried what he called the nonchalant attitude of some parents on the impotance of polio immunisation.

He added that the agency, in collaboration with other stakeholders, are doing their best in educating people on the need and importance of the immunization.

“The major challenge we are facing concerning polio immunization is that some people have poor health seeking behavior.

“Sometimes, you have to put pressure on patents, go to the villages and communities, to beg them to provide immunisation services for their children.

“Immunisation is supposed to be done in hospitals, but yet you have go to these villages and communities to beg sometimes.

“Notwithstanding, we are still educating such category of parents on the need to accept polio and other routine immunizations, and we are recording improvement in such regard,” he said.

The executive secretary, therefore, urged all parents across the state to desist from acts capable of hampering efforts in eradicating the disease.

Ibrahim also commended traditional, religious leaders and relevant stakeholders for working as “change agents” and for sensitising residents on polio and other routine immunisations in the state.



US Supports Nigeria in Efforts to Stamp out Polio

The Charge D Affairs of U.S. Mission in Nigeria, Mr David Young on Friday revealed that the US has continued to contribute the annual sum of over 23 million dollars to support immunization activities in Nigeria.

Young stated this at the inauguration and official handover of Jikoko Community Health Centre, a self help community project, built with the assistance of Tabitha Cumi Foundation with a U.S. Ambassadorial grant of 10, 000 dollars.

Young said “In addition to the annual contribution the polio programme also received an additional seven million dollars at the national level in 2016 and provided technical assistance in Bauchi, Katsina and Sokoto States.

“Health workers are encouraged to continue to make the provision and demand for immunization a priority,” he said

The envoy said that U.S. always cooperates with other partners and government to make a difference in Nigeria.

“The commissioning of the clinic was an indication that “health is one of the priority areas of U.S. development assistance in Nigeria”. He said

Young who noted that the health of children determines the future of he nation said that U.S support for HIV/AIDS programmes and activities in Nigeria between 2014 and 2016 totaled more than 4.3 billion dollars with more than 700,000 patients treated in 2016 alone.

Giving assurance that the community would make judicious use of the clinic, Mr Ismaila Shaizaza, a representative of the community urged the Chairman of the council to give adequate staff to clinic which is currently with one staff and two volunteers.

The Executive Director, Tabitha Cumi Foundation, Mrs Tayo Erinle also said that the foundation would continue to monitor and evaluate the centre.

Bauchi Govt. Releases N175m for 2017 Routine Immunisation

The Bauchi State Government  has said it released N175 million for 2017  routine immunisation across the state.

Mr Adamu Gamawa, the Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that the fund was the state government’s contribution in an arrangement reached by the government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation.

He said that the arrangement was to strengthen routine immunisation in the state.

He explained that the fund injected by the state government would scale up routine immunisation activities in the state before the expected percentage from the two developing partners.

The chairman said that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Dangote Foundation would contribute 15 per cent of the total sum each, while the state government was to provide 70 per cent.

He added that “in the agreement, Bauchi State Government will contribute 70 per cent, while Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation are to contribute 15 per cent each, so we are still expecting their contribution.

“The N175 million released by the state government is the first money made available
to improve routine immunisation across all health facilities in Bauchi State.

“We, therefore, are expecting Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation to release the remaining 30 per cent.”

Gamawa urged women and children to go to the various health centres in the state for effective completion of routine immunisation.

On meningitis and other communicable diseases related with the present weather condition, the chairman said the state did not record any case.

He called on the public to ensure proper and adequate ventilation, imbibe the habit of hand washing, maintain personnel and environmental hygiene, as well as other healthy ethics for personal and public health.