Kano state Ministry of Health has appealed to the general public to go en masse for COVID-19 Vaccine, saying the pandemic is still active in the state.
Dr Tijjani Hussein, Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB) made the call at a two-day orientation of media on phase two of COVID-19 vaccine, held at T-shirt Guest Palace in Kano on Wednesday.
Hussein, who is the Coordinator, COVID-19 Technical Response Team in Kano, said there are still fifty active cases of the pandemic in the state.
According to Hussein, who was represented by Dr. Ashiru Rajab, Director Public Health, Kano State Ministry of Health, the state has recorded 115 deaths from the pandemic as at Tuesday, September 21st.
He added that as at the period under review, the state had recorded 4,000 confirmed cases since its outbreak in March last year, adding that over 3,900 had been treated and discharged.
He urged the general public to turn out en masse to take the COVID-19 vaccine as the pandemic is still around in the state, noting that “the mass taking of the vaccine would make Kano achieve herd immunity.”
“This herd immune means the majority of the people would be immune to contracting the virus and eventually be kicked out from the state.
” Despite the drastic fall of the cases of the pandemic, I want to draw the attention of the people that it is still around in the state. I therefore urge you to go to different vaccination centres and take the shot,” he urged.
Dr Hussein therefore urged the media to be up and doing in sensitizing the public on taking the vaccine as well as embracing the safety protocols of COVID-19.
In his presentation on outbreak of cholera, the twin infections bedevilling the state, Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer of the ministry, Sulaiman Iliyasu Hamisu revealed that the state has recorded no fewer than 11,475 cases of cholera since its outbreak on 5th March, 2021.
He added that out of the figure, 392 patients died across the 44 Local Government areas of the state, representing 2.8%.
Hamisu added that the cases have drastically dropped as only thirty one are active, adding that the patients are receiving treatment at medical facilities across the state.
He explained that lack of environmental management and hygienic handling of food are some of the major causes of cholera outbreak in the state.
He added that the use of human faeces as manure, poor personal hygiene and open defecation are also contributing factors.
He urged the media to keep sensitizing the public against the danger of the disease.