Seeks to sustain zero prevalence of the disease in the state

The Gombe State Government has disclosed plans to kick off the polio immunisation exercise across the nomadic routes, borders and swampy areas in the state.

Dr. Nuhu Kuman, the Director of Primary Health Care in the state, made this known in Gombe on Thursday.

According to him, the exercise will target the nomadic Fulanis, people living in border areas and those living in swampy areas because they are at high risk.

Kuman said that Gombe had not recorded any polio case in the past three years and urged that the achievement be sustained.

He, however, said that the ministry would embark on outreach services to areas that lacked health facilities, to attend to the health needs of the people, especially women and children.

“Our health officials will go to areas where there are no health facilities and engage in health care delivery, especially to pregnant women, children and, sometimes take deliveries.

“There are no new cases of the disease, but we are not comfortable since our neighbouring states are affected.”

Speaking further, the director added: “Gombe State is still at risk because of certain factors such as insecurity in some neighbouring states, which makes people come to the state.

“We are making efforts to sustain zero case of the disease; we are not sleeping.”

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