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Polio Eradication: Tambuwal Appoints JNI, CAN, Others In Committee To Tackle Scourge

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Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has flagged
off immunization plus days with a call on stakeholders not to relent until the
country is free from the dreaded polio virus.


Speaking at the event which held at the District Head’s residence in Bodinga Local Government Area of the state,
the Governor announced the formation of an expanded high powered task force,
made up of leadership of Jamaatu Nasir Islam (JNI) and the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN), that will ensure massive mobilization of all
persons resident in the state towards the success of the immunization exercise.
He said his administration is committed in ensuring that the
successes recorded in the fight against polio and other killer-diseases are not
reversed.
Mr Tambuwal said the Sokoto State Government has committed
huge sums of money for the renovation of hospitals, construction of staff
houses as well as provision of basic medical equipment to Primary Healthcare
Centres to enable them provide qualitative primary and secondary health care
services to the people.
“We will also continue to renovate our health facilities and
construct some additional primary health centers for equitable distribution of facilities
in all areas where there are none,” he added.
Governor Tambuwal directed all the 23 local government areas
to provide all needed support towards the
success of the exercise.
He equally inaugurated the task force on polio
immunization and implementation in all the 23 LGAs with each council chairman serving as
head.
In his remarks, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad, represented by Magajin
Rafin Sokoto, Rilwan Bello, called on all district heads to be fully involved
in the immunization drive.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the World
Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, Rotary International and National Primary
Healthcare Development Agency reiterated their determination to ensure that
Nigeria is free from the wild polio virus (WPV).
On his part, the state commissioner of health, Dr Balarabe Kakale,
called on all communities to take precautionary measures on the impending risk
of Gastro entritis especially as the raining season is about to set in.
He also appealed to people to maintain personal and
environmental hygiene, adding that the ministry will continue to discharge
its duties effectively.
Other members of the task force announced by the Governor include
development partners, women groups, heads of security agencies, traditional and religious
leaders, labour leaders, political officers, student groups, members of the civil
societies among others.

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