Plateau state government Monday, flag off general immunization that was aim at including adults in the state, targeting to immunize not less than 22 million children who are yet to be immunized of Measles, BCG, yellow fever and other childhood killer diseases.
The state Health commissioner Dr. Fom Dakawk, represented yesterday by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Elias Pede made the disclosure in Jos, at the brief ceremony in Jos South local government area marking commencement of 2013 Ward immunization week in the state.
Dakawk lamented high rate of nu-immunized children across the globe “an estimated 22 million infants are not immunized with vaccines and more than 1.5 million children less than 5 year still die from vaccines-preventable-disease globally as a result of lack awareness stakeholders on value and benefits of immunization.
The health commissioner dismissed insinuations making around that immunizations were not been conducted regularly at designated centers in the state “both routine and supplementary immunization have fully resumed in all primary health care facilities of the state” he encourage parents to always bring their children for immunization against diseases.
According to the programe, supplementary immunization of HBV Vitamin A supplement among others will be conducted on adults.
Also speaking on the importance of immunization to the life of a growing child, wife of the plateau state governor Talatu Jang who responded on behalf of women at the flag off campaign, states the importance and the need for parents to avail all children between 0-5 years to be immunized.
Mrs. Jang stressed that “as a mother, grand-mother and indeed the mother of the state, I can say the importance of today’s event even to say the lease, can never be over-emphasized as it is aimed at creating awareness among policy makers community, mothers and indeed humanity in general on the need to support and actively participate in ensuring the success of immunization programe at all levels.”
She appealed to the vaccinating officers to ensure that the programs reaches people at the grassroots, for the benefit of entire state, irrespective difficult geographical terrine.
Mrs. Jang said the program was part of fulfilling one of the MDGs targets of reducing immortality among children between the ages of 5 and below before year 2015.