Polio 2 Jigawa LGCs target 123,000 children for immunisation

The children are being administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) and antigens against other child-killer diseases.

  • Published:
Health workers try to board a vehicle taking them to designated centres to immunise children. play

Health workers try to board a vehicle taking them to designated centres to immunise children.

(AFP/File Pius Utomi Ekpei)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

No fewer than 123, 000 children were targeted for immunisation against the polio virus in Kafinhausa and Auyo Local Government councils (LGC) of Jigawa during the ongoing immunisation exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the immunisation that commenced on Saturday would end on Tuesday.

The children are being administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) and antigens against other child-killer diseases.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sarawa, the Immunisation Officer in charge of Kafinhausa Local Government, said that about 90, 000 children were targeted for immunisation against polio in the area.

Sarawa said that the National Primary Healthcare Agency supplied 95, 000 doses of vaccines to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise in the areas.

He said that the council deployed over 300 health workers to the various communities to ensure effective coverage.

Sarawa added that the council also provided 90 cartons of candies for distribution to the targeted children.

The council Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Usman, told NAN that he had instructed community leaders to ensure effective monitoring of the exercise.

Haruna said the council also directed ward heads to work closely with immunisation personnel in the mobilisation of the people as well as ensure they helped to resolve cases of vaccines rejection.

In the same vein, Auyo LGC says no fewer than 33, 000 children were targeted for immunisation against poliomyelitis.

Malam Usman Kani, the Manager, National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) in the area, told NAN that the figure exceeded the number of children immunised in previous exercise.

Kani said that the council deployed health workers to the 10 wards in the area to facilitate smooth execution of the exercise.

He commended religious and community leaders for the large turnout for the exercise.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.