Nigeria: Kaduna Introduces House-To-House Search Against Infectious Diseases

Dr. Paul Manya Dogo
Kaduna State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo

By Amos Tauna

Determined to prevent and protect its residents against any outbreak of infectious diseases in northern Nigeria, 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 as health challenge to the citizens of the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo, said in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna noted that the exercise was designed to curb the advancement of the diseases across and beyond the state.

He said the state had not recorded any single case of infectious disease in the 23 local government areas and assured that no chance would be taken to contain any outbreak of disease in the state.

The commissioner explained that the state has a robust supply chain management system with medicines that could easily be pre-positioned in hospitals to manage isolated cases. ‎‎

“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 explained.‎

He 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.‎‎

The commissioner 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 explained.

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