Polio PHC immunises 83, 212 children, others in Katsina LG

Although 89, 380 doses of vaccines were received for the exercise, only 88, 860 doses were used by the 93 teams of vaccinators in the area.

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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.

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At least 83,212 children have been immunised against poliomyelitis and other child killer diseases in Danja Local Government Area, Katsina State, in January, according to a heath worker.

Alhaji Surjao Isma’ila, the council’s Primary Health Care (PHC) Coordinator, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday while inspecting the ongoing immunization at Maigora village.

Isma’ila said although 89, 380 doses of vaccines were received for the exercise, only 88, 860 doses were used by the 93 teams of vaccinators in the area.

The coordinator said 117 cases of non-compliance were recorded with 226 children, out of which 76 were resolved with 151 children.

NAN gathered that 892 household that had 1,454 children were absent during the exercise.

Of the 892 households, 859 were revisited and 1,403 children absentees were immunized, with 40 households with 75 children still pending.

NAN reports that 93 community leaders, 12 village heads and one district head participated in the exercise.
Expressing appreciation to the people for their compliance, Ismaila said the figure recorded was higher than the expected target for the area.

He enjoined immunisation workers to ensure adequate record keeping and to report any cases of rejection to the authorities immediately, as measures were in place to resolve all complaints.

The PHC coordinator cautioned the field workers against framing fictitious statistics, saying that such could easily be detected by superior officers.

He urged the workers to always live up to expectation.

Ismaila commended the council authorities and traditional rulers for their support in facilitating the success of the exercise, adding that the health department enjoyed adequate concern from the groups.

He urged husbands to allow their wives to access routine immunisation, antenatal care and other medications at the hospitals.

The health worker commended the people on the success recorded during the last malaria campaign and the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Week (MNCH) conducted in the area.

Isma’ila appealed for more support from government, especially logistics.

He stressed the need for local government authorities to provide the required amenities that would guarantee the well-being of the people.

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