In Kano State, the structure of the polio vaccination campaign has been well utilized since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sadiya Ibrahim wears a long blue veil with a UNICEF badge sewn on it as a uniform, and he watches the health of the residents of the Canoquata district. Nearly 400 families are under the custody of this mother and are widely known and appreciated in her community. She is one of approximately 200,000 volunteers employed nationwide to raise awareness of good health practices, consider fertility and encourage everyone to participate in immunization campaigns. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, this mission has doubled and campaigns to support vaccination have been carried out.
“When the coronavirus appeared, we were ready and we depended on the same strategy as polio”, Emphasized Sadiya Ibrahim, who enriched his speech with suggestions on maintaining social distancing or wearing a mask. In recent years, throughout Kano State, 6,000 volunteers (mainly women) have indeed played a key role in eradicating wild poliovirus.
Nigeria was the last African country to declare polio-free in August 2020. Eight years ago, the most populous country on the continent had more than 200 million inhabitants. half. At the epicenter of 80% of cases at the time, Kano State is now the province with the highest vaccination coverage in Nigeria (over 90% of the population).
« Use the structure established for the polio vaccination campaign, So far, we have successfully used up all the doses we received. “, Said Dr. Tijani Hussein, Executive Secretary of the Kano State Primary Care Management Committee. In early March, Nigeria received nearly 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Covax system.According to Tijani Hussein, 219,000 of them were allocated to Kano State, and he admitted “This number may seem ridiculous” Compared with the total population of nearly 10 million inhabitants.
However, in the Muslim areas of northern Nigeria, vaccination is not always that simple. “We are facing a lot of hesitation from the public. Some people question the effectiveness of the vaccine, and people want to know if it is safe”, The doctor admitted.