From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe state governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has flagged off the new immunization strategy of combining meningitis vaccination with the routine immunization in order to protect children from the devastating effect of these killer diseases.
Speaking during the exercise which was held yesterday at the Palace of the Emir of Ngelzarma in Fune Local Government Area of the state, the governor stressed the importance of vaccination, pointing out that the ceremony was part of the strategies taken in preventing meningitis.
He noted that vaccination exercise has proved to have high impact in reducing mortality and morbidity, especially among children under the age of five.
Represented by his deputy, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, the governor regretted that because of peoples’ apathy towards vaccination against preventable illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhea and measles, many children remain unprotected despite the successes recorded through vaccination and consequent impact in preventing such illnesses in the state and appeals for such attitude to stop.
He reiterated government determination to continue to accord priority attention to health care services to achieve the desired healthcare objective, by taking necessary steps in providing vaccines, drugs and other high impact healthcare services to the citizens with the aim of ensuring that the underserved, remote and hard to reach areas of the state are not left out.
He therefore urged traditional leaders, the royal fathers, district heads, village and ward heads in the state to conduct periodic monitoring and sensitization of their subjects on the importance of vaccination exercise.
He also appealed for all children who were found not to have finished their vaccination or immunization circle should be referred to the health facilities to complete their immunization schedule.
He stated that present administration would continue to collaborate with its major partners who work closely with the health agencies the state as well as be in the driving seat in the implementation of quality health care services in the state.