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Bauchi introduces Rotavirus vaccine in routine immunization

Executive Chairman Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed administering the vaccine to a child

Bauchi State Government has on Thursday introduce ROTA Virus Vaccine into its Routine Immunisation schedule.

Addressing parents at Kofar Dumi Primary Healthcare Centre in Bauchi State, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, said the availability of the vaccine in the country was long overdue considering that ninety percent of diarrheal diseases were caused by ROTA virus.

Dr Mohammed said most of the children that were presented to healthcare facilities with diarrhea were victims of ROTA Virus.

He called on parents to bring out their children to get vaccinated as it is an oral one and found to be effective.

Rotavirus commonly causes severe, watery diarrhea and vomiting in infants and young children.

Children may become dehydrated and need to be hospitalized and can even die.

The State Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA Bashir Maidabino, explained that all children get infected before the age of five years be given oral vaccine at six, ten and fourteen weeks for prevention.

Representative of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Mr Tariku Beru explained that ROTA Virus vaccine is not new as it was being used in almost all developing countries with a view to guard children against diarrheal diseases.

The Director Primary Healthcare Development Bauchi Local Government, Sulaiman Kirfi said the vaccination would be protect children from diarrheal diseases, thereby reduce morbidity and mortality among them.

District Head of Bauchi, Alhaji Nuru Adamu Jumba, in a message promised to support programme aimed at improving health status of children in the state.

Writing by Murtala Muhammad; Editing by Julian Osamoto