The Polio Immunization Campaign for April, 2018 round has been flagged off in Bauchi State.
The ceremony, which was well attended, took place at the Banquet Hall of Bauchi State Government House with Gov. Mohammed A. Abubakar also in attendance.
Speaking at the august event, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar, according to a statement by Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar, his Special Assistant on Communications, expressed his profound delight that Bauchi State has remained a polio free state for over four years and without circulating vaccine derived polio virus (CVDPV) for over five years.
However, the Governor used the forum to direct all Local Government Council Chairmen and traditional/religious leaders to enhance their determination to eradicate polio and all other vaccine preventable diseases in the state. The governor also called on the mentioned stakeholders to avail themselves for the Evening Review Meetings and other measures to provide necessary support as usual in ensuring that all eligible children in their domain are fully immunized.
In conclusion, the governor reiterated his commitment to further enhance the health sector in the state and also remain focused to his responsibilities especially in terms of delivering effective healthcare services.
Also speaking at the event, Her Excellency the wife of the Governor, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar called on parents to take all necessary steps in ensuring the good health of their babies, one of which includes strict obedience to instructions given by professional medical personnel and also take good care of themselves.
The wife of the Governor also urged nursing mothers to make good use of the new and well equipped Primary Healthcare Centers made available by the administration of Governor M.A Abubakar to ensure full complement of routine immunization for their children.
Hajia Hadiza commended the Primary Healthcare Development Agency PHCDA and His Excellency Governor Mohammed Abubakar for their efforts in the fight against Polio and the successes recorded so far.
At the end of the event, the governor, his wife, the wife of the deputy governor of Bauchi State Hajia Fatimah N Gidado and other dignitaries including His Royal Highness the Emir of Dass Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman immunized a number of children in a bid to set an example.