Polio Immunisation

Polio: Bill Gates Foundation Lauds Katsina – Talba

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has lauded Katsina State government for a polio-free year, without recording new cases of poliomelytis, state commissioner for health, Mannir Talba has said.

Katsina State has earned notoriety for being an endemic state with cases of new infection recorded, few years back.

However, from January to December 2013, the state did not record new cases.

Addressing journalists on Monday, Talba said the Gates Foundation had equally promised to give the state handsome award, should it sustained its polio-free status.

“The Foundation has assured us that should we continue in this streak till July, we shall be given an award. We are determined to sustain that and so no stone will be left unturned,” he said.

He attributed the feat recorded in combating polio to intensive awarenesss campaign and support from relevant stakeholders, including traditional rulers and development partners.

Talba disclosed that the state had also attained 90% coverage of routine immunisation, adding “our aggressive campaigns across the state has successfully changed peoples attitude and we are recording successes.”

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