By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
As the world celebrates the 2019 African Vaccination Week (AVW), the Adamawa State Government has pledged to keep immunization high on state and local agendas through advocacy, resource mobilization and functional partnership.
Dr Fatima Atiku, the state Commissioner of Health, stated this in Yola, while briefing newsmen as part of activities organized to mark this year’s AVW
According to her, this year’s theme ”Protected together: Vaccines work!” calls for collective action on immunisation in Africa, which underscores the role everyone needs to play in promoting the power of vaccines to save lives.
Atiku itemized some activities lined up for the AVW which include; working with adolescent and school children for increased participation in immunization, vaccination intervention in selected communities,documentation and reporting by media organisation and meeting with women groups to support vaccination.
“While government makes efforts to ensure availability of safe and potent vaccines, parents and caregivers have the responsibility of making their children available at various health facilities across the state for vaccination”
“This is crucial for achieving the target of universal immunisation coverage by the year 2020, thus contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Universal Health Coverage,” she said.
The commissioner said routine immunization coverage in the state had risen from 56 per cent in 2017, to 81 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.
She stated further that the state has taken some measures to increase immunisation coverage which include: the inauguration of state nomadic working group for routine immunisation for families of herdsmen and fishermen, World Health Organisation(WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICF) supported hard to reach mobile teams are accessing difficult terrain for service delivery.
Atiku commended the media for awakening the consciousness and educating the public on the importance of vaccination.
New Nigerian reports that the Africa Vaccination Week is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April, with the goal of strengthening immunisation programmes increase awareness of the importance of every person’s right to be protected from vaccine preventable diseases, promoting delivery of other high impact lifesaving interventions.