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Over 600,000 children not immunized in Kano, others – UNICEF

 By April 21, 2023

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access to immunisation services.
“We know that globally, children are dying because they don’t have access to preventable diseases vaccination.

“And this is a major concern for us in Nigeria and Kano in particular,” he said.

The official stated that: “Over 600,000 children who missed first dose of immunisation are in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.
“Over 300,000 of the children who are in Kano, represents 55 per cent.

“We have 26 per cent of the children in Jigawa state and 19 per cent in Katsina state.

“We are calling on every community leader, policy makers to put hands together to build partnership and reduce the high number of children not immunised against the child killer diseases.”
“We are calling on the government to increase investment in health system to reach out to the children.

“We also call for community engagement in terms of creating demand and build the confidence on the effectiveness of the vaccines,” Farah added.

Similarly, the UNICEF’s Health Specialist, Abimbola Aman-Olaniyo, said children who were not immunised were obviously vulnerable to preventable diseases and prone to outbreaks, citing the recent cases of Diphtheria outbreak in Kano state and Celebrospinal meningitis in Jigawa state.
According to her, the fund plans to reach 250,985 children in Kano, 154,768 and 94,060 children in Katsina and Jigawa states, respectively, for the year 2023 to reduce the zero dose children. (NAN)