MINISTER of Health,
Professor Issac Adewole has
urged the Goverrnor of Zamfara
State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari
to deal decisively with people
selling free vaccines and life
saving commodities provided
by the Federal Government to
Adewole called on the state
government to deal decisively
with people selling vaccines
and life saving commodities
provided by the FG for free,
noting that “There are people
selling these drugs. We must
apprehend them.’’
He called on Nigerians to
remain confident in the response
of the Federal Government
coordinated by the National
Center for Disease Control,
NCDC, saying that the agency is
equipped to tame the epidemic.
Further the minister called
on the governor to focus on
strengthening the Primary
Health Care system in the
state, stressing that this as the
only way to prevent outbreaks
and most of the common cases
affecting the people.
“Once the PHC system is in
place we can tackle not just this
outbreak but 70-80% of the cases
of our people,” he said. Adewole
said that any single case could
have been easily reported at
the PHC level and a response
would have been activated and
this scale of outbreak would
have been avoided.
“Next year dry season is
coming again. We need to make
sure that we are prepared to
tackle the next outbreak.” “We
need to educate our people that
this infection is so easy to treat
and diagnose. We must put
a lot of effort into active case
finding. We are recommending
a house to house search,” the
Minister added.
Yari who thanked the Federal
Government for their timely
intervention acknowledged
that the outbreak is being
controlled by the FG team and
promised to ensure protection
of the lives of his people, while
working with the minister.
“For the past 72 hours we
have been seeing fewer cases
and positive response and the
state will revisit the structure
of the polio programme, adding
that the state has not witnessed
any outbreak since 2012, the
governor said.

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