Victims of polio
By Ibrahim Shuaibu
New cases of Polio virus has been reported in Kura Local government area of Kano State where health officials blamed the incidence on refusal of residents to ensure their children were immunised.
The development is coming on the heels of an order by the State government for the arrest of a Lebanese and an Indian who refused the immunisation of their children from the polio virus few hours after the announced confirmation of new cases.
Director of Public Health, Kano State Ministry of Health, Dr. Muhd Nasir Mahmud confirmed the new polio case in Kura Local Government Area of the state to a delegation of “Journalists Against Polio” at the key stakeholders meeting held in Kano to wrap up this round of the routine immunisation exercise.
Mahmud said the new case was discovered during the December round of immunisation exercise, attributing the discovery to non compliance on the part of the parent of the victim.
He therefore urged the parents and guardians to always accept polio vaccine for their under five children for proper immunisation to compliment the stakeholders effort in eradicating polio in their domain and the nation at large before the end of this year.
The directive for the arrest of the foreign nationals came 24 hours after uncovering a new polio case in Kura Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement by Bala Salihu Dawakin Kudu, the Director of Press to the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje, the state was determined to ensure nothing will hinder it from ensuring that children were immunised.
It added that the deputy governor was visibly worried over the attitude of the expatriates and warned that no one will be allowed to hinder government’s efforts in eradicating the disease from the state.
According to the directive, Ganduje said the security agents have already moved to arrest any foreign national that was found to be resisting the polio vaccine.
The statement disclosed that Ganduje, the chairman of Kano State Task Force on Polio Eradication, accompanied polio vaccinators to many households in the area, where most of the foreigners refused to allow their children to be immunized.
Meanwhile, the implementation of January round of routine polio immunisation exercise has recorded significant improvement owing to the high level of commitment received from the local government areas among other key stakeholders in the state.
This was parts of the submissions of the stakeholders at a round table meeting usually organised to evaluate the implementation of the routine polio immunisation exercise by some relevant agencies.
Speaking at the occasion, a representative from the Centre for Disease Control, Mallam Hamza Umar described the first round of the exercise this year as the best of its kind in Kano, adding that no data was obtained extraneously, rather the gathering and collation of data was conducted house to house.
’It is a sad story that upon the lifting of embargo for employment, we discovered that employment for junior cadre was concluded without any chance given to the host community. Regrettably, some members of the community who applied in the graduate cadre were not considered.
‘’As loving and law abiding citizens, we the youth in consultation with opinion leaders of Ogada Community have resolved that the Federal Government through the Director General should as a matter of urgency reach an agreement with the community over a certain quota of employment of our youth to compensate for the lost land.
‘’This must be done before the next call for orientation to avoid confrontation. Our quietness for 21 years in the face of obvious provocation should not be interpreted as weakness’’, the association said.