Polio: Kaduna has maintained zero status since 2012 – El-Rufai


Kaduna State has maintained ‎a zero polio status since November 2012, the state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed.
The Governor who disclosed this during the on-going ministerial briefing at the Correspondent Chapel of Kaduna NUJ through his Commissioner for Health Dr. Paul Manya Dogo reiterated the commitment of the state government to do all humanly possible to maintain such status.
He noted that prior to the administration under his leadership‎, the health indices of the state were very disturbing despite investments in healthcare, hence the need that saw to the convening of a health summit very early into his administration that brought together important relevant stakeholders including local, national andinternational partners to discuss the Kaduna State healthcare.
According to the governor, Kaduna State now has a robust immunisation program, purchase of cold chain equipment ‎(144SDDs refrigerators) to fill in the gaps and such equipment have been deployed to the 255 Primary Health Care (PHCs) centres with additional zonal cold stores built and fitted with walk-in-cold rooms for effective and efficient routine vaccination. “Close to one thousand directly funded primary health centres now offer ‎routine immunization with outreach services to their host communities. “The polio eradication initiative has been sustained and th estate has maintained a zero polio status since November, 2012” he said. “For improved health outcomes, government is committed to building a resilient health commodities‎ supply chain management system. Supply system and free maternal and child health program did not have a functional logistic management system or standard operating procedures.
“The aim of the intervention is to institute an effective, efficient, visible and well coordinated health supply chain management system. We are currently in the implementation phase of the transformation,where the solutions and models have been launched for testing before scaling up”.
The governor also disclosed that Kaduna State is the first state in the country to have a baseline costing of its public supply chain ‎management system, adding that a master data for all drugs and health commodities to give it visibility.
“With the support of the centre for Disease control, Kaduna State has just completed the first ever Kadua AIDS indicator ‎survey that will hopefully give us the correct current prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS in the state,” he further disclosed.