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2 Kano LGAs recount benefits, drawbacks of immunisation

The Nigerian government and its partners have continued immunisation campaigns to ensure that all children are protected against vaccine-preventable childhood diseases like measles, yellow fever, meningitis, and neonatal tetanus.

According to UN statistics, 3,000 children die every day from preventable diseases around the world.

Nigeria accounts for one-seventh of all maternal deaths worldwide, with 119 preventable maternal deaths occurring every day.

Residents of Kano state’s Fagge and Ugongo local government areas have experienced a case of different strokes for different folks, with some seeing the benefits of immunisation while others are still counting their losses as a result of nonparticipation.

Some parents who spoke in their native language said they had lost some of their children to vaccine-preventable diseases, while others had lost their mobility as a result of their carelessness.

During a routine immunisation, Radio Nigeria visited the primary health care centre Jaba in Fagge LGA and met Mr. Mustapha Khalid, an immunisation officer.

He stated that the centre records 150 participants per month but has seen a drop in mothers who refuse to complete the vaccine process due to what they consider the “adverse effects of the vaccines.”

Mrs Judith Tersoo, who brought her child in to be vaccinated, explained how her daughter was spared from a measles outbreak in her compound, while Mrs Fauzia Mohamad and Mrs Yunana Husseini said they were not deterred by the vaccine’s side effects, such as fever and their babies’ incessant crying.

In Ungongo primary healthcare centre, the head of the facility, Mr Ibrahim Yakubu said they is high level acceptance of vaccination in tihe community.

Mrs. Hadiza Muhammad, a resident of Yola Walawa in Ugongo LGA, who was mandated by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to ensure universal immunisation, said she visits families who do not complete the immunisation processes.

Kawu Badamasi, the head of the Ugongo community, expressed his delight at his people’s acceptance of vaccination, adding that he had educated them on the importance of fully vaccinating their children.

Dr Mainuna Hamisu, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency’s (NPHCDA head of non-polio immunisation, stated that the advent of covid19 slowed the administration of routine immunisation in PHCs.

She did, however, state that the NPHCDA would launch a nationwide measles follow-up campaign that would take an integrated approach, while temporary mobile vaccination stations would be located in schools.

Reporting by Nancy AnikaEzie; Editing by Saadatu Albashir