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Friday, May 05, 2017

National Immunization Kicks Off Tomorrow

The second round of the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) against wild polio and other Routine Immunization (RI) antigens for children below the age of five as well as other child survival interventions will take place in the state from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 9th May 2017.

The state commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike disclosed this in a media Chat with Newsmen in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

Dr. Akabuike who explained that the upcoming Immunization which is in line with the schedule of the National Polio Emergency Operations Centre (NPEOC) is targeted at nationwide sustenance of the interruption of wild Polio Virus and its eradication, as well as help reduce the burden of Vaccine preventable diseases and encourage search for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Children between 0-15 years of age who suddenly develop weakness of the limbs.

The Health Commissioner also stated that the flag off ceremony will be at Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) Oraukwu, Idemili North Local Government Area, with health workers at various health facilities offering routine Immunization and mobile posts in catchment areas to administer Oral Polio Vaccine, OPV, irrespective of the previous status.

He, however, highlighted the key antigen and eligible children to include but not limited to Oral Polio Vaccine for children between 0 – five years HBV 0 dose for children within two weeks of birth, Tetanus toxoid for pregnant women and women of child bearing age, among others, and enjoined mothers and caregivers to avail themselves the opportunity to ensure that their children are vaccinated.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary Anambra State Primary Health Care, Dr. Ngozi Ezenyimulu, who explained that for the past ten years, the state has been Polio free, thanked the efforts of the present government and compliance enjoyed from the public, even as she called on mothers to present their children for Immunization, while On behalf of the partner agencies, the State coordinator,  WHO, Dr. Willie Onuorah maintained that all the agencies are determined to making the exercise a success.

By Ifeanyi Nwosu

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