Plateau Govt Tasks Citizens On Routine immunisation, Healthy Living

By Thompson YamputJos

Plateau – The Plateau Government has urged the people of the state to show more commitment to the routine immunisation campaigns in the area toward improved healthy living for higher productivity and development

.Mrs Jerisha Kakwi, Health Educator, State Primary Health Care (PHC) Board, made the call on Friday during a one–day Stakeholders Sensitisation Meeting with Wives of Local Government Chairmen, Health Educators and Stakeholders held at Eliel Centre, Ray-Field, Jos.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was organised by the State Government in conjunction with UNICEF and attended by community and religious leaders as part of efforts to sensitise them on the 2019 MenA /Measles Vaccination campaign.

Kakwi disclosed that the MenA/Measles Vaccination campaign would take place between Nov. 16 and Nov. 28 across the 17 local government areas of the state.

She said that unless the people of the state keyed into the routine immunisation programmes of the government for children from 0 to 5 years old, “it will be difficult for us to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in the country”.“For us to attend the desired healthy living, we must ensure that every new born baby takes his or her 1st immunisation within 24 hours.“Again, the mother of that baby must ensure that the the baby sucks the 1st breast milk that accumulates, which also serves as the first and natural immunisation.

“The first breast milk is the most healthy food to any new born baby and,therefore,should not be wasted because it is the 1st immunisation that should be given to the child before that of the hospital or clinic, “ she said.The PHC Health Educator said the essence of the one-day sensitisation meeting was to strategise on how to boost awareness on routine immunisation and attain near 100 per cent success in the state.

According to her, “We are about to commence Measles Immunization campaign across the 17 local government areas, and State Government desires nothing less than 100 per cent success.”She disclosed that measles campaign would be in two batches with the 1st batch comprising 10 local governments commencing on Nov. 16 to Nov. 25, while the second batch comprising 7 local governments would begin on Nov. 23 and end on Nov. 28.“If we want to reduce the child mortality rate in Plateau, we must all go all out to sensitise the public especially the rural dwellers in our churches and mosques as well as Town hall meetings about the forthcoming measles immunisation campaigns.“We must all take the act of saving lives, especially those of children, a very serious business, and reduce the rate at which diseases are killing us in the State, “ she warned.

Also speaking, Mrs. Nanji Lawrence-Danat, Coordinator, Wives of Local Government of Nigeria (WOLGON), said that as mothers, they were ready to ensure that the forthcoming Measles Vaccination campaign became a success in the state.“As wives of a LGAs Chairmen in Plateau, we shall do all we could to see that the Measles immunization campaign succeed across the 17 local government areas as part of our efforts at encouraging healthy living in the state, “ Lawrence-Danat said.

Mrs Jacowmi Gbuzemi, State UNICEF Consultant, said , “Health is wealth and it demands the seriousness of all and sundry to obtain it.”She appealed to all stakeholders to key into the forthcoming Measles Vaccination campaign, which she said UNICEF was so concerned about toward improving healthy living in Nigeria and across the globe.

(NAN)

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