Dutse — Jigawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Tafida, yesterday said the state has not recorded any polio case in the past 18 months.
The commissioner said this during the flag off of the March 2014 round of polio immunization in Madobi Village of Dutse Local Government Area of the state.
He said the monthly immunization exercise in the state helped to eradicate the disease, adding that government will continue to do its best to ensure a polio free state.
He commended the state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel, who is the chairman of the state Polio Eradication Committee for his efforts in the fight against the disease.
The deputy governor, who was chairman of the occasion, said the success recorded in the fight against polio was due to the cooperation of parents, traditional institution, religious institutions as well as health personnel in the state.
He said the immunization must be sustained in view of threat posed by neighbouring states where the disease is still prevalent.
In his remarks, Director-General of the Gunduma Health Systems, Pharmacist Usman Tahir,said apart from the administration of oral polio to members of the Madobi community, doctors are also on ground to attend to anyone with complaints.