Bwari Area Council takes vaccination campaign to communities
Bwari (Abuja), April 24, 2019 The Bwari Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has taken vaccination campaign to various communities in the area to promote use of regular vaccines among children.
Dr Sunday Goji, the Head of the Department of Health in the council, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Goji said that the campaign was to commemorate the African Vaccination Week, set aside from April 22 to 28, to promote vaccination coverage in far and hard to reach communities.
“We intend to improve our coverage and reach the underserved areas of the communities when the resources are made available.
“However, for now, we will just continue our campaign on regular routine vaccines like the PENTA, BCG, Measles and the likes in all the primary healthcare centres in the council,” he said.
He therefore urged parents to ensure that they maximise the opportunity made available for the benefit of their young ones.
A NNN correspondent who visited one of the health centres at Dutse-Makaranta reports that the centre was overwhelmed with mothers who came with their children of zero to five years of age for the vaccination.
Mrs Aisha Mahmud, one of the mothers, told NNN that she was at the centre as early as 6.30 a.m to pick a number which would be used to attend to her and other beneficiaries.
According to her, most of the women are excited about the routine exercise because it gives those who missed out previous vaccines another opportunity to meet up.
The African Vaccination Week is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with the other World Health Organisation (WHO), Regions and the World Immunisation Week (WIW).
It is led and coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Africa and implemented by countries.
Its goal is to strengthen immunisation programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person, particularly every child and woman have the right to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
It aims at keeping immunisation high on the national and regional agenda through advocacy and partnerships.
It also promotes delivery of other high impact lifesaving interventions with an over-arching slogan of “Vaccinated communities, Healthy communities”.