The Kano State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations for the revitalisation of routine immunisation and other primary healthcare services, an official said.
Dr Shehu Abdullahi, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, said this in Kano on Monday at the inauguration of the Kano State Implementation Training for 2013 Integrated Measles Campaign.
Abdullahi said that the state had recorded 200 deaths from 8,000 cases of measles since 2012.
He said that 80 per cent of those affected, aged between 0 to 59 months, were not immunised against the disease.
“Measles is one of the childhood killer diseases, which can be prevented through immunisation,” Abdullahi said.
He said it was unfortunate that parents and caregivers of the affected children did not make them available for immunisation and as such exposed them to the disease.
He said that the training for Local Immunisation Officers, State Technical Facilitators and Local Government Facilitators was aimed at addressing the challenges facing immunisation in the state.
Abdullahi said halting the spread of the wild polio virus, particularly, posed enormous challenges but assured that the state government was poised to tackle the challenges.
He commended development partners for their support toward the success of healthcare services in the state. (NAN)