From Uche Uche Damaturu
Yobe state government has flagged off the first of the 2018 cerebral spinal meningitis campaign with a target of 771.8 thousand children from ages of one to six years to be conducted at health centers and designated fixed posts.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony which took place at the Palace of the Emir of Damaturu, Alh. Shehu Hashimi 11 Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Bello Kawuwa stated that the exercise would be conducted into two phases.
The first phase beginning yesterday would cover eight local government areas and would last for five days, 7th to 11th of February, 2018, while the second phase would cover nine local government areas commencing on the 14th to 18th of February, 2018.
He revealed that between December,2016 and week 17 of 2017, Yobe state recorded 432 cases of CSM with 44 deaths in 2017, adding that even at the wake of 2018, the has recorded 10 cases and 3 deaths.
While appealing to parents and all caregivers to immunize their children who fall within the target age group of one to six years regardless of their immunization status, he also called on all stakeholders and caregivers to put all hands on deck to ensure the success of the campaign considering the huge investment made by the state government and partners in that respect.
In his good will message, Geoffrey Ijumba, CFO Borno, represented by Stephane Teguia, UNICEF office in charge of Yobe, commended the effort of Yobe State Government, the state Primary Health Care Management Board, traditional and religious leaders for the successful implementation of the previous measles and meningitis campaigns in the state with visible improvement coverage in 2017.
He pledged the continuous support of development partners for high quality campaign implementations and in the effective operationalization of vaccination teams in hard-to-reach local government areas, wards and settlements, adding that UNICEF, World Health Organisation and other development partners would provide needed monitoring to ensure quality on routine immunization as well as state emergency routine immunization coordination committee activities.