The Kaduna State Government on Monday advised its neighbouring states to assist in tackling the spread of wild polio virus.
Mr Turaki Kalik, the state Commissioner for Health, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Kalik urged Zamfara and Kano Governments to scale up their immunisation programme to halt further spread of the virus.
He said one case of wild polio was recorded in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, after celebrating a zero record in the last three years.
NAN recalls that another case was recorded in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Zaria in 2011.
The commissioner attributed the incidents to migration of people from neighbouring states.
He also identified cases of ``missed children’’ and lack of cooperation by some parents during immunisation campaigns in the state as another factor.
While soliciting for support from traditional rulers and religious leaders for the success of the programme, he also called on the media to sensitise the public on the advantages of the policy.
``Nigeria has achieved 95 per cent reduction of polio cases in 2010 and Kaduna state has consistently remained polio-free until now.’’
He, however, said that the state would organise border patrol with affected states and also ensure that no child was missed out during this year’s exercise.
Kalik assured that adequate vaccines and skill personnel would be engaged to ensure the success of the scheme.
He attributed the success of the programme to the commitment by the State Government to boost the healthcare delivery system in the state.
The commissioner also acknowledged the support of technical partners like WHO, UNICEF and other domestic health based NGOs.
He commended the health personnel for their commitment and dedication to the eradication of the virus.
Kalik also appreciated the support and cooperation of traditional rulers, religious leaders and the media.