‘Why Taraba is selected for pilot meningitis, others’ immunisation’
Author canvasses trauma-informed education for Nigerians
National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has explained the choice of Taraba among the states for the pilot immunisation for measles, yellow fever and meningitis.
The Executive Director (ED), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, during the flag-off of the campaign yesterday in Jalingo, Taraba State, said the state’s performance in the polio campaign necessitated its selection in the exercise.
Speaking through one of the agency’s directors, Abdulazeez Yahaya, the ED said: “Taraba was selected to implement this three-in-one campaign because of its performance in the polio campaign. It was one of the five states in the country that exceeded the 95 per cent target set by the Federal Government.”
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA), Alhaji Aminu Jauro, had said the flag-off and commencement of integrated vaccination, slated for November 18 to 27, “is the first of its kind in Africa because we are going to administer three vaccines during the campaign.”
Also Governor Darius Ishaku, who spoke through his deputy, Haruna Manu, noted that “though Nigeria has continued to experience an upsurge in some of these diseases,” his administration would continue to work assiduously to bringing this to a bearable level.
IN another development, winner of the 2018 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Literary Prizes Award, Oreva Ode-Irri, has canvased trauma-informed education for Nigerians.
While presenting her new book, When your life comes tumbling down, in Abuja, yesterday, the author called on the Federal Government to build more therapy centres in Nigeria to tackle traumas.
The Guardian gathered that trauma has become a global public health issue, with Nigeria recording over four million injuries and more than 200,000 deaths yearly from road crashes, a major cause of traumatic injuries in the country.
She noted that the book would increase awareness of trauma-care issues, especially among people living in Nigeria.
“The book centres around grief and trauma, we have all experienced trauma in some form or shape or kind. And I think that everybody will benefit from reading the book, which is a healing for people who have trauma issues,” she added.