A Kano State health worker immunising a child

Immunisation: Health Workers Boost Coverage In Kano


Kano State residents of both the Fagge and Ugongo Local government areas have expressed their satisfaction with the routine immunisation in the area.

The immunisation campaigns have been routinely continued by the federal government and its associates to ensure that every child gets the necessary jab to protect them against vaccine-preventable childhood diseases, such as measles, yellow fever, Meningitis and neonatal tetanus.

Statistics obtained from the UN reveal that 3,000 children die globally of preventable diseases everyday. Nigeria represents 1 in 7 of all global maternal deaths which is expressed in 119 preventable maternal deaths daily.

Although some residents of the Fagge and Ugongo local government areas listed out the benefits they have received from adhering to immunisation, several others had recounted the losses caused by negligence.

Mr. Mustapha Khalid, the Immunisation officer at the primary health care centre, Jaba, fagge LGA, stated that the centre records 150 participants monthly but also experiences a decline from mothers who, because of the adverse effect of the vaccines, did not complete the process.

On the other hand, at Ungongo primary healthcare center, Ibrahim Yakubu, the health worker in charge, stated that the community had accepted to be vaccinated. The Healthcare Centre had been commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure immunisation for the community.

Mr. Kawu Badamasi, the Ugongo community Head, had expressed happiness at the acceptance of the vaccinations by his people, also adding that he had sensitised them on the need to fully vaccinate their children.

According to Dr. Mainuna Hamisu, the head of Non-polio immunisation at NPHCDA, the advent of COVID-19 slowed down the administration of routine immunisation in the PHC. However, she said that the NPHCDA would launch a nationwide measles follow-up campaign that would utilize an integrated approach.