By Tobias LengnanDapam
The Minister of Health Isaac Adewole has said that the country stands to lose 4.6million children in the next 10 years if more efforts is not in place to strengthen immunization.
Adewole stated this yesterday in Abuja during Civil Servants Engagement Workshop on Immunization and Primary Health Care (PHC) strengthening.
“We are not yet where we are supposed to be in addressing immunizations problems in the country. The fight is not only for the government. It it everybody’s fight, and urgent steps must be taken by all to ensure immunization of our children. Everybody must contribute his quota to ensure that all our children are immunized.
“Parents must play important role by ensure that their children are immunized”.
At the workshop jointly organized by PHC in collaboration with Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Adewole said that the immunization vaccine is free and effective, wondering why most parents fail to take their children for vaccination.
While lamenting on the state of PHC’s in the country, Adewole said “most of the facilities are covered with bushes, no drugs and no adequate staff. We all need to come in to ensure the safety of our children. If we are serious about the plight of our children, we must own up the PHC’s at the local level and make them functional to address the current challenge that threatens the lives of our children.
On his part, NPHDA boss, Faisal Shuaib said the essence of the workshop was to enlighten civil servants to contribute their quota towards revamping the PHCs and to also pass the same message to people at the grassroots to do same.
He harped on the need for all Nigerians to be champions in the fight against immunization.
Faisal said there must be urgent steps towards revitalizing the PHC’s across the country to stamp out the various challenges faced by children especially in the rural areas.