Determined to prevent any outbreak as well as protect residents from infectious diseases, the Kaduna state government has introduced a house-to-house search mechanism.
The government said it was ready to tackle measles, meningitis and other viral hemorrhagic diseases that may pose health challenges to citizens of the state.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Paul Dogo, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, stated that the exercise was designed to curb the advancement of the diseases across and beyond the state.
He disclosed that the state had not recorded any single case in the 23 local government areas, and assured that all efforts would be made to contain any outbreak of disease in the state.
The commissioner explained that the state has a robust supply chain management system of medicines that could easily be pre-positioned in hospitals to manage isolated cases.
According to him, “We have made preparedness for outbreak of infectious diseases such as measles, cholera, meningitis, Lassa fever and other viral hemorrhagic diseases.
“Our robust supply chain management system have medicines that can easily be pre-positioned in our hospitals to manage isolated cases.”
Dogo observed that the state have maintained polio-free status since November 2012 and was working hard to build sufficient herd immunity through strengthened routine immunisation programme.
On tuberculosis, the commissioner explained that the ministry had commenced house-to-house search for active tuberculosis patients to curb the spread of the disease by undetected active TB cases within communities in the state.
He said that to ensure success, the state government deployed 1,240 newly recruited medical professionals to hospitals across the state.
“This has improved the human resource situation of our General Hospitals and better quality of services,” the commissioner said.