By Sunday Isuwa
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has divulged that until
Nigeria takes the issue of routine immunization more seriously, the
chances of facing disease outbreak cannot be averted.
Speaking in Sokoto during a stakeholders review meeting on the recent
outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis and extent of immunization
coverage in the state, Sokoto UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Mohammed
Mohiuddin added that only 5 percent get fully immunized in Sokoto.
While divulging that, Zamfara has so far recorded the highest number
of deaths from CSM outbreak, Sokoto and Katsina followed as 2nd and
3rd states with higher casualties.
“Zamfara state has so far recorded the highest number of deaths (600)
from the recent outbreak of CSM while Sokoto recorded 230, followed by
Mohammed further divulged that, aside the 850, 000 doses of type C
meningitis vaccine earlier donated to the Sokoto being the highest
even given to any state, an additional 15, 000 vials of ceftriexone
has been donated to the Sokoto state ministry of health.
UNICEF also donated vehicle, computers and cameras to the Sokoto state
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), just as it
divulged that it has provided 47.33 million naira in 2017 to support
WASH programme in the state.
The Sokoto field officer added that they are also supporting the state
government in the areas of “maternal and child health, nutrition,
polio, basic education, social protection (cash transfer to poor
families) communication for development (C4D and water sanitation and
hygiene programs”. ELANZANEWS