Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday immunised six children to launch the October round of the National Immunisation Exercise against polio in Rano Local Government.
Ganduje also openly demonstrated hand-washing as part of activities to mark this year’s United Nations’ Hand Washing Day.
He said the routine exercise was to ensure that 100 per cent of children, equivalent to over 3.2 million target population for polio immunisation in the state, were adequately captured to control spread of the virus.
The governor hailed monarchs and other stakeholders for collaborating with health workers toward ensuring that children were immunised, noting that there are no cases of resistance in recent times.
Commissioner for Health Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said the exercise would last for four days, adding that enough vaccines has been provided and more workers recruited to make the exercise a success.
Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, who was represented by the District Head of Ajingi, Alhaji Wada Aliyu, said the Emirate Council and other stakeholders were concerned about the permanent effect of disability caused by the polio virus.
He, therefore, directed traditional leaders to enforce compliance by ensuring that people turnout in their wards massively for the exercise.