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UNICEF, TSPHCDA immunize over 77,000 in Taraba LG

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UNICEF, TSPHCDA immunize over 77,000 in Taraba LG

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Taraba state government and other partners have carried out immunization for over 77,791 persons in Bali Local Government Area of the state within the first three days of vaccination campaign in parts of the state.

Mr Shimbura Bongkiya, a UNICEF official in the state who disclosed this in Bali said that the synchronized campaign comprises of the vaccines for the Rota virus, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, and the routine immunization against other child killer diseases.

Speaking during a review meeting with officials from WHO, the state Primary Health Care Agency, Bali LG health, and the media team at the end of day Three campaign, Shimbura said a total of 111,600 doses have been given to children with various diseases and described the exercise as commendable.

UNICEF, TSPHCDA immunize over 77,000 in Taraba LG

“We are taking advantage of this opportunity to carry out multiple vaccinations at the same time. In each of the designated areas, we have the vaccination for maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, the COVID-19, Rota Virus and the routine immunization going on simultaneously.

“So far, we have recorded appreciable headway and the people seem quite excited. The turnout have been very impressive and we hope to supersede our target at the end of the five day camping” he said.

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Our correspondent who visited some of the centres reports that most of the people were calling for an extension of the exercise as previous health interventions have helped curb the menace of meningitis, measles, polio and other child killer diseases in their areas.

Chief Jubrin Julde, the village head of Abujan Bali said that due to previous interventions through the Primary Health Centre, cases of Measles, Meningitis and other health challenges have reduced drastically and less children have to go to the hospital these days.

Meanwhile the 2IC of PHCC Maihula, Mr Caleb Jauro and other health workers at various facilities visited by our correspondent said the sensitization and awareness done ahead of the campaign has helped as most people are eager to be vaccinated even in areas where there were reservations previously.

Daily Sun reports that the Five-Day campaign which started since Saturday will end on Wednesday.

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