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UNICEF immunizes 77,000 in Taraba

A UNICEF official in Taraba state, Mr. Shimbura Bongkiya says about 77,791 children have been immunized for Rota Virus, Tetanus, and other child killer diseases within the first three days of the ongoing vaccination campaign in Bali LGA of the State.

Mr Shimbura stated this during a review meeting with the Director of Primary Health Care, Bali LGA, Mr Clement Sabo along with other PHC officials, UNICEF, WHO, and the Media, held at the local government Secretariat after the supervision of various vaccination posts across the Council Area.

He said a total of 111,600 doses were given to children with various diseases. He described the exercise as commendable, adding that the ongoing data enrollment exercise is also recording success.

Mr Bongkiya advised the Wards, and Focal Persons while giving their daily reports to always know their vaccine balance to enable them to have foresight on the next line of action.

A Community Health Worker at the PHCC Maihula, Mr Caleb Jauro told newsmen that at the time of the visit at noon they have vaccinated about 1,200 persons with TD within three days

The village heads of Abujan Bali and that of Asinai, Jibril Julde, and Tanko Bako respectively all appreciated the gesture by the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency and its partners such as UNICEF for their consistent intervention.

According to them, as a result of consistent routine immunization, cases of meningitis and measles have been reduced drastically in their communities.

Tanko Bako appealed to the Bali LGA to provide them with a dispensary in the Asinai community to reduce their suffering, saying that it is an hour’s journey before they access the nearest PHC facility at Sabon Dali and they lacked good access roads.

Reporting by Sani Sulaiman; Editing by Fany Olumoye