By Musa M. Buba
Yobe state government, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and development partners, has flagged off meningitis vaccination exercise across the 17 local government councils and targets 771,778 children.
Flagging the phase one of the vaccination at the Emir of Damaturu’s Palace, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Bello Kawuwa, said: “Yobe recorded 432 cases and 44 deaths within late 2016 and in 2017.
“Among the six northern states which were most affected by meningitis in 2017, Yobe is the only state to secure this golden opportunity to implement the MenAfric vaccination campaign across all its local government. Some states are implementing outbreak response only in the most affected areas.”
In his goodwill message, Geoffrey Ijuma UNICEF (CFO Borno), represented by Stephane, pledged the continuous support of development partners for the high quality implementation and in the effective operationalisation of vaccination teams to hard-to-reach local government, wards and settlements.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the chairman, Damaturu local government council, Alhaji Bulama Modu, called on parents to use the opportunity provided by participating fully in the exercise.
“I call on our traditional leaders and parents to continue mobilising members of their communities on the importance of this vaccination for its success,” he said.
The exercise, which is in two phases, had begun on February 7 – 11, 2018, while the second phase is to hold between 14 and 18 of the same month.
According to him, the vaccine is to be given at the government approved health centres across the state only.