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Anambra targets 2.54m children, women for immunisation


ImmunisationAnambra State Government plans to immunise 2.54 million children and pregnant women in the second round of its Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) programme.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Awka, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, explained that the exercise, which will kick off today (Tuesday), is aimed at reducing neonatal, maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

Giving the breakdown, Akabuike said 900,970 children within the age range of six and 59 months would receive vitamin A; 211,993 children between zero and 11 months, oral polio vaccines (OPR), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), Pentavalent Vaccine and Inactivated Vaccine (IPV), while 1,43095 pregnant women and women of chil-bearing age would be given tetanus toxiod.

According to him, the objectives include to ensure the sustenance of break in the transmission of wild polio virus, scale up integration and delivery of other child survival intervention, boost routine immunisation coverage as well as register births in the state.

Akabuike added that other cost-effective preventive and curative interventions would be delivered during the period, including nutrition screening, counseling for malnourished children, de-worming of children, antenatal care, care of new born, management of treated Nets (LLINS) to prevent malaria among others.

While insisting that all the vaccines are free and safe, the commissioner called on care givers to avail themselves of the interventions, even as he advised pregnant as well as women of child-bearing age to visit the nearest health facilities to access services.

He said, the programme organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with the state would be flagged off by Governor Willie Obiano at Obeledu today and would run till Friday, December 11, 2015.

He said locations for the immunisation would include government health centres, churches, markets, schools, mosques, among others.

He added that caregivers and women of child-bearing age/mothers should come with immunisation cards.
According to him the results of three key interventions recorded in the first round (in the June 2015 MNCHW) include: Vitamin A-96 per cent, Iron, 34 per cent and de-worming 32 per cent.

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