Kogi Govt Re-affirms Commitment To Polio Eradication
The Kogi state government has restated its commitment to polio eradication in the state. The governor, Idris Wada stated that his government is doing everything possible to safeguard the health of its citizens with particular attention to children.
Wada, who disclosed this while speaking at a meeting with members of the Kogi state Task Force on polio eradication routing immunization and primary health care services, also stated that the state government will continue to create an enabling environment to ensure effective service delivery of both prospective and amateur services of the people of Kogi state .
While delivering his opening speech, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris Omede told the governor that the task force is expected to review activities in the quarter and to identify best practices, challenges, and to also proffer solutions and recommendations that will ensure permanent polio eradication and attainment of high quality immunization in the state.
The state Epidemiologist, Dr. Funmi Balogun, who highlighted some of the challenges of the task force as low financial commitment to routine immunization and surveillance by the local government chairmen also noted that the state has made achievements in making the state polio free as there are no cases of measles outbreak so far.
Wada assured the people that his administration will continue to implement healthcare policies that will address the health needs of the people.He also promised that his government will continue to fund the free medical services programme for rural dwellers in the state.
In view of the achievement they have recorded so far, the governor called on organizations in the state to support the federation and also run similar healthcare programmes in the state for the benefit of the poor rural dwellers.