From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Over 2,000 National Youth Service Corp members, Batch B stream 1,deployed to Bauchi state have been vaccinated against meningitis.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa stated this in an interview with news men in his office.
He said that the exercise was conducted by the state government in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Gamawa said that the aim of the vaccination exercise was to protect corps members against meningitis as many of them were coming from other parts of the country where the weather conditions was not as hot as Bauchi state.
He explained that it was the tradition of the agency to administer the vaccines to corps members at the camp before deployment to their respective places of primary assignment.
“It is our tradition to ensure that corps members are vaccinated against communicable diseases such as meningitis because some persons may have low immunity that may not be able to withstand the virus”
“Some of the corps members will be deployed to rural areas where they are not used to. We want to ensure that our corps members are hale and hearty throughout their one year stay in the state. Apart from ensuring their security, we also want them to be healthy in order to give a good testimony of the state when they leave,” he said.