It has been disclosed that one million children died yearly in Nigeria as a result of not been immunized by their parents.
The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ADSPHDA) Dr. Abdullahi Belel, made this disclosure in Yola, during the sensitization of media chief executives and inauguration of Journalists Against Polio (JAP) in the state organized by United Nations Children’s Funds( UNICEF).
According to him, the economy of the country is negatively affected due to the disability suffered by children over their parent’s attitude towards polio vaccination.
Belel challenged journalists Against Polio (JAP) to use their professional experience to enlighten the public about the health
importance of vaccinating their children after birth.
While expressing concerns over the North East having the highest number of children not immunized, Belel charged journalists to take the lead in mobilizing the rural parents and educate them about the viability
of the exercise.
“ UNICEF has established 226 health facilities in all the wards of the state to facilitates fast and entire immunization of children in the state before the end of 2018”, He stated .
The Director disease control in ADSPHDA Dr. Amos Ujulu, in his paper presentation said that the objective of the workshop is to update journalists about the challenges facing the non immunization of children.
Ujulu maintained that lack of public enlightenment and ignorance on the importance of vaccination of children is responsible the poor participation of parents.
He pointed out that with the efforts of media reports, last year 1.98 million children were vaccinated in Adamawa state and that only two local governments, Guyuk and Fofure have recorded 80 per cent
The Director disease control therefore urged parents to always present their children for routine immunization to avoid them becoming infected with diseases that can affect their future.
Responding, the chairman of Adamawa state Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mr. Umar Dankano, assured the organizers that journalist in the state will take it upon themselves to enlighten and educate the public on the benefit of immunization.
“ Knowing the consequences of non immunization of children, we will use our pen to dismantle the barriers militating against the exercise”, he stated.