Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sokoto has the lowest routine Immunisation coverage in Africa, says WHO official

The Supplemental Immunisation Officer, World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr. Ana Elena Chevez, Wednesday said Sokoto state has the lowest routine immunisation coverage with only two percent in Africa.
According to her, the Injectable Polio Vaccine would be given to all children at 14 weeks of age as part of the routine immunisation to boost immunity against type one, two and three polio virus.

Chevez said the Injectable  vaccines would be administered at 411 health camps to be located within the communities not more than half kilometre range from every settlement in the Councils.
"The Injectable Polio Vaccine works in a way different from the oral polio vaccine.The Injectable vaccine strengthens a Child's immunity through the blood while polio drops create immunity through a child's intestines.She also said at least 240,000 children would be immunised during the Injectable Polio Vaccination and Oral Polio Vaccination campaign scheduled to hold between May 2 and 6 in Sokoto-north, Sokoto-south and Wamakko local government areas of the state.

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