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Health workers boost immunization coverage in Kano

Residents of Fagge and Ugongo local government areas of Kano state have expressed satisfaction with routine vaccination in the area.

The federal government and its partners have continued immunization campaigns to ensure that every child receives the necessary vaccine against childhood vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, yellow fever, meningitis and neonatal tetanus.

According to UN statistics, 3,000 children die every day worldwide from preventable diseases.

Nigeria accounts for 1 in 7 maternal deaths globally, expressed as 119 preventable maternal deaths per day.

For residents of Fagge and Ugongo local government areas in Kano State, while some listed the benefits they derive from adherence to vaccination, others recounted their loss to neglect.

Radio Nigeria conducted around some primary health care centers during vaccination

Immunization Officer Mr Mustapha Khalid from Jaba Primary Health Care Center in LGA fagge said the center is registering 150 participants per month but is experiencing a drop in the number of mothers who due to the side effects of vaccines, do not complete the process.

Meanwhile, at the Ungongo Primary Health Centre, the head of the health facility, Mr. Ibrahim Yakubu, says the community has agreed to be vaccinated.

The Center was commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to provide immunization for the community.

Ugongo community leader Kawu Badamasi said he was happy with the acceptance of the vaccine by his people, adding that he sensitized them on the need to fully vaccinate their children.

NPHCDA Polio Immunization Officer Dr Mainuna Hamisu said the advent of COVID-19 has slowed down the administration of routine immunization in PHCs.

She said, however, that the NPHCDA would launch a nationwide measles monitoring campaign using an integrated approach.

Reporting by Nancy Anika-Ezie, Editing by Tola Oguneye

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