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May 20, 2024
Health

Child killer diseases : Over 300,000 children not immunized in Kano – UNICEF

From Abdullah Tsoho, Dutse

The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said, about 300,000 children are unimmunized against child Killer diseases in Kano.

Chief, Unicef Kano field office, Mr. Rahama R.M Farah dropped the hint, while delivering his Goodwill messages  during two day Media Dialogue on Routine Immunization and Zero dose campaign in UNICEF Kano field office states organised by UNICEF and National Orientation Agency NOA.

He explained that, the National Immunization Coverage Survey Results have shown that over the years, Nigeria has made progress in Immunization coverage, however, it is also clear that gaps exist.

“For instance, in the three states of the Northwest of Nigeria: Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, there are over 600,000 children who have not been vaccinated against childhood killer diseases. This closer to about 40% of the total unimmunized children in Nigeria.

“Over 300,000 of those children are in Kano State, representing  50 per cent of the three states under the UNICEF Kano Office.

“we are extremely concerned, when children don’t get immunized,  when children have no access to immunization services their basic fundamental right is not fulfilled. I therefore, urge media participants at the Media Dialogue today, and indeed every media practitioner across the country, to create the demand for immunization and to raise awareness of the importance of Immunization by providing accurate information to caregivers, families, and communities” he said.

Mr Farah also urge traditional and religious leaders, community leaders, and civil society organizations, to forge partnerships to eliminate the number of unimmunized children in Nigeria.

He then call on the governments of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and other states with zero-dose LGAs, to take concerted action to  strengthen their  Primary Healthcare System as he assured more UNICEF’s support to the states for better wellbeing of the children.

While making his remarks, the commissioner for health Kano state, Dr Abubakar Labaran Yusuf commended UNICEF and NOA for organizing the dialogue and promised to do all their best to reduce number of unimmunized children in the state.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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