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Adamawa records 25 per cent increase in immunization coverage, says commissioner





Yola, April 23, 2019 Dr Fatima Atiku, Adamawa Commissioner of Health, says routine immunization coverage in the state had risen from 56 per cent in 2017, to 81 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.

Atiku stated this in Yola Tuesday while briefing newsmen as part of activities organized to mark this year’s  Africa Vaccination Week (AVW).

She said that other activities of the week would include vaccination in some selected communities across the state.

According to her, this year’s theme:”Protected together: Vaccines work!” calls for collective action on immunisation in Africa, which underscores the role everyone needs to play in promoting the use of vaccines to save lives.

“While government makes efforts to ensure availability of safe and potent vaccines, parents and caregivers have the responsibility of making their children available at various health facilities across the state for vaccination.

“This is crucial for achieving the target of universal immunisation coverage by the year 2020, thus contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Universal Health Coverage,” she said.

The commissioner said that some of the measures taken by the state to increase immunisation coverage included the inauguration of state nomadic working group for routine immunisation for families of herdsmen and fishermen.

She added that the World Health Organisation(WHO) and  the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICE) were also supporting the state in covering areas with difficult terrain.

“We have successfully inaugurated State  Nomadic Working Group for routine immunisation, while Local Government Area (LGA) working group will also be inaugurated next week to support compliance”.

Atiku lauded the media for awakening the consciousness of the public to the importance of vaccination, and urged parents to ensure the safe keep of their children vaccination cards in case it would be needed in future.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Africa Vaccination Week is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April, with the aim of strengthening immunisation programmes and increase awareness.