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World Immunization Week: Avail your children opportunities to get vaccinated – KWPHCDA boss tells parents, guardians

 

As the World Immunization Week is celebrated in the last week of April which was aimed to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against diseases, The Executive Director, Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency(KWPHCDA), Dr. Nusirat Elelu has urged parents and guardians to avail their children the opportunities to get vaccinated.

The KWPHCDA boss made the admonitions during a press conference held in Ilorin to commemorate World Immunization Week.

She said immunization is one the most successful and cost-effective health interventions which have been preventing between 23 million deaths every year and have reduced morbidity and mortality across the world safely and cost-effectively.

Dr. Elelu explained that from infants to senior citizens, immunization prevents debilitating illnesses, disability, and death from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Speaking further, she noted that the benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended to adolescents and adults, protecting against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers that occur in adulthood.

“Vaccines provide benefits beyond health outcomes, including averted medical costs, and reduced time spent by parents and health care workers caring for sick children.

“These savings accrue to families, communities, nations as improvements in education, economic growth, and poverty reduction.

“Vaccine has been indiscriminately saving lives since 1796. The first smallpox immunization was a fightback against the disease.

She said the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has demonstrated his belief in immunization both routine and supplemental immunization program by constituting a functional Task Force on immunization and PHC under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi.

Dr. Nusirat added that Governor Abdulrazaq has provided an enabling environment for immunization activities by making funds available for the implementation of immunization campaigns.

“In the last one year, the Kwara State Primary HealthCare Development Agency with the support of His Excellency vaccinated over 600,000 individuals against COVID 19 disease, we also vaccinated about 1,280,000 children with Oral Polio Vaccine, reached Over 593,000 children with the life-saving Measles vaccines among others.”

“In 2010 during the 60th session of the Regional Committee in Malabo, African Vaccination Week was established and endorsed by all Member States in the African Region to maintain advocacy, increase community participation and improve the delivery of immunization services.

“The focus of AVW is on strengthening national immunization programmes in the African Region. Strengthening immunization programmes is achieved through raising awareness of the value and importance of immunization and increasing vaccination coverage and the uptake of new and existing vaccines. The opportunity is taken to provide an integrated package with a wide range of other lifesaving interventions.”

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