The Kano State government is to immunise about 3.6 million children as part of activities to mark the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW.
The state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje announced this on Monday while declaring open the week at Ungogo Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Dr Nasiru Gawuna, said that the week would be conducted alongside the Outbreak Response Exercise, OBR1.
According to him, immunisation officers will visit every houses to immunise children below the age of five against poliovirus, following the outbreak of circulation virus type 2.
“The aim of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week is to improve the health care services for pregnant women and their children,” Mr Ganduje said.
The governor expressed his administration’s commitment to provide adequate and quality health care services to people of the state.
He appealed to pregnant women in all the 44 local government areas to ensure they attended the free antenatal services being provided in hospitals across the state.
Mr Ganduje commended the Federal Government, local government chairmen, Kano Emirate, and development partners for their commitment and support.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa urged parents to co-operate with the immunisation officers for the exercise to be successful.
The Chairman of Ungogo Local Government Area, Abdullahi Ramat, pledged the council’s support for the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that during the week-long activity, free medical services will be provided to women and children in the 44 local government areas.
The exercise, which commenced on January 8 is expected to end on Jan. 13 at designated health facilities across the state.