Immunization: Positive Reactions Trail Exercise

As the first round of the 2018 National Immunization and Oral Polio Vaccination exercise commenced throughout the State of Osun, residents and stakeholders have come out to publicly commend the state government, under the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

In an interview with this medium, residents who were mostly parents praised the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola for being a people oriented government which always put the well being of the citizenry on the front burner.

They were of the opinion that since the inception of this administration on 27th October, 2010 in the state, its health sector participation has grown appreciably.

A visit to many parts of the state capital during the weekend like Ogo-Oluwa, Jaleyemi, Isale-Aro, Odi-Olowo, Awosuru, Gbodofon, Asubiaro, Capital, Akindeko, Sabo all in Osogbo local government and parts of Igbona, Mallam Tope, Ajegunle in Olorunda local government area of the state revealed that the level of co-operation between parents and vaccinators was high.

Some of the vaccinators also expressed satisfaction for the successes so far recorded as the exercise commenced.

According to them, the resistance experienced in time past was slowly reducing and a majority of the parents now freely bring their children out for vaccination.

They noted that the level of co-operation has increased considerably and people have grown used to seeing vaccinators coming to immunize their children year in and year out which has boosted the confidence of the parents.

Notwithstanding the success, the vaccinators also used the opportunity to appeal to the relevant agencies to ensure that the reward package for the services they were rendering is paid adequately, on time and at the right amount.

They revealed that they were aware that their services should be seen as one to humanity which cannot be quantified financially but that they should be adequately encouraged so that whenever the call to duty arises, they will be glad to rise to the occasion.

A concerned parent said: “It has become imperative that sensitization is a key to the success of this type of programme. Before the commencement of this round of immunization, communication was very poor compared to earlier excercise but we were hearing that such an exercise was about to begin and we were not surprised to see them going about today immunizing our children.

“We must build a wall of immunity to fully protect the Nigerian child from the polio virus, which can only be achieved through multiple doses of oral polio vaccines”, she stressed.

The immunization programme which is compulsory is targeted at immunizing children from ages 0 to 59 months with two drops of the oral polio vaccine regardless of previous immunization status and it is absolutely necessary that children get repeated immunization to fully protect them against polio.


UNICEF Task Kano Govt. To Strengthen Immunization

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has charged the Kano State government to strengthen its effort at strengthening routine immunization in order to check preventable diseases.

UNICEF’s call came at a time the state is rated 16 per cent in the National Immunisation Coverage against the recommended 90 percent in both outreach and fixed stations.

UNICEF Chief Field Officer in charge of Kano and Katsina States, Mrs. Padmarathic Yadki, who spoke in Kano Monday during the lunch of the state’s 2017 Volunteer Community Mobilisers and Drugs, insisted that more energy is urgently needed to be deployed to save innocent children from morbidity and disability.

Lamenting the devastating effects of severe acute malnutrition bedeviling the state, Yadki advocated the monthly provision of ready to use therapeutic food for affected children.

The UNICEF chief, who applauded the huge investment of the state government particularly in vaccines preventable diseases, posited that “more miles need to be covered to reach each and every child for their survival, development and protection rights”.

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Source: This day

Nigeria Applauded for Accurate Immunization Coverage Data

Global immunization experts have commended the Nigerian government for what they described as “courageous transparency” in a latest world annual report of data on routine immunization and polio eradication .

Dr. Orin Levine of the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation and Dr. Mike Osterholm from the University of Minnesota, Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, gave the commendation.

Quoting from WHO/UNICEF joint annual report (WUENIC) featuring over 194 countries, the two professors, in a publication, for the first time described, as positive, better and accurate data received on immunization coverage at the sub-national levels for 125 out of 194 countries of the world.
Nigeria, was singled out for commendation, for reporting the most accurate estimates of her immunization coverage.
They called on other countries of the world to emulate Nigeria’s good example in transparency, accuracy and due process in her programme’s data reportage on routine immunization.

The experts also emphasized that it was the best strategy to improve the protection of their communities against vaccine preventable diseases. The publication also acknowledged tremendous progress the world had made at ensuring that no child was left un-reached by lifesaving vaccines.

Their report described childhood immunization as one of the best investments any country could make, stressing that every one dollar invested on immunization resulted in 44 dollars in terms of social and economic benefits.
A three-man high-power delegation of the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (Gavi) led by its Managing Director in Geneva, MS Hind Othman, last week in Abuja announced that Gavi would continue to support Nigeria’s routine immunization of vaccine preventable diseases. This, Gavi MD emphasized, was because of the Nigerian’s commitment to transparency, accountability and good governance.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole had called on all Nigerians to support the implementation of the Primary Health Centre revitalization agenda and strengthening of routine immunization.
Reacting to the commendation on transparent and accurate data, the Executive Director and Chief Executive, National Primary Health care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib noted with delight that transparency, accountability and the strict adherence to due process, were all parts of positive outcomes arising from the change agenda of the Buhari administration.

Nigeria Begins Immunisation Of 116 Million Children Against Polio

Polio vaccinators in Nigeria over the weekend joined more than 190000 of their counterparts from 12 other countries across west and central Africa to immunize more than 116 million children over the next week.
Volunteers will deliver bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) to every house across all cities, towns and villages of the 13 countries. To succeed, this army of volunteers and health workers will work up to 12 hours per day, travelling on foot or bicycle, in often stifling humidity and temperatures in excess of 40°C. Each vaccination team will carry the vaccine in special carrier bags, filled with ice packs to ensure the vaccine remains below the required 8°C.