Although immunization is one of the most effective public health interventions globally, millions of African children are still deprived of life-saving vaccinations.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pledges support to the Nigerian government in reaching zero-dose children, aiming to curb vaccine-preventable diseases nationwide.
The programme for children will include oral polio vaccine, HPV vaccines to protect against cervical cancer, deworming for children, and provision of Vitamin A supplements.
Citing that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, a critical stage, determine their cognitive and physical growth as well as their survival.
The report identifies the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary healthcare and health systems, forcing the diversion of scarce resources away from routine care, including immunization.
Massive immunization campaign launched in Katsina State, aiming to safeguard children’s health by providing protection against polio and other preventable diseases.
Routine Immunization, PHC services in Yobe, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, and Sokoto improved in the last eight years. Traditional leaders commended for contributions. Interventions brought about accountability and utilization of state budgets.