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Anambra takes delivery of 1.5m doses of vaccines for immunisation

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 5:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue  –  Awka


Anambra State Government has taken delivery of N1.5 million worth of vaccines for use in the second round of immunisation that kicked off in the state at the weekend.

The vaccines will be distributed to the 21 local government areas of the state.

Anambra State UNICEF Consultant, Diden Gbofeyin, who disclosed this at the launch of the 2015 National Immunisation Plus days (NIPDs) said the two partners, UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO), will continue to support the government in the area of training of health workers and payment of their stipends among other logistics in the immunisation exercise.

State Governor, Willie Obiano, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, while flagging off the immunisation programme at Umunachi Health Centre in the Dunukofia Local Government area, said the aim of the exercise was to deliver Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and other routine immunisation antigens aimed at reducing to the barest minimum, the burden of vaccine preventable diseases like measles, wild polio and yellow fever among others.

The Governor urged mothers and care givers to avail themselves of the opportunity of the four days exercise to make sure that their children are vaccinated, pointing out that the exercise will be carried out in all government health centres and other designated posts in the state.

He disclosed that over two million children, pregnant women and women of child bearing age will be vaccinated, noting that Anambra will continue to win more awards due to its wide reach in immunisation coverage.

In his remarks, state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, maintained that the exercise which will last till April 28 was aimed at sustaining the interruption of wild polio virus among children between 0 to 59 months in Anambra State, administer two drops of potent oral polio vaccine and to scale up delivery of the routine immunisation antigens as well as other child survival interventions.

“In this exercise, we are adding incentives or what we call pluses which include biscuits, noodles, soaps and other pluses.