Lagos Targets 4.8m children for Immunsation

Lagos State second round of National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) starting from tomorrow targets 4.8m children for the exercise.

The four day exercise which ends on Tuesday was flagged off at the Secretariat of Agege Local Government Area today will hold in all 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Community Development Areas of the State.

The polio vaccination campaign targets children between ages zero to 59 months for immunisation at all designated sites in the State.

According to the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga the exercise targets children population of 4,823,122 with sole aim of safeguarding their lives against childhood killer diseases.

Onanuga said, “The NIPDs would involve house-to-house, transit and fixed post teams. In all, Lagos State will mount 752 fixed posts, 4859 house-to-house and 1712 transit teams, children at home, markets, churches, mosques, major car parks and social events venues would be specifically targeted”, he said.

He added that plans have been made to implement activities that would attract children and care givers to the immuniistion posts stressing that the vaccination campaign will hold between the hours of 8am and 2pm daily for the four days.

“To ensure the success of this year’s polio immunisation campaign, many training sessions have been conducted to strengthen the capacity of relevant health workers, the State government has equally embarked on massive media campaigns involving airing of jingles while LGA social mobilizers are moving within communities to sensitize and mobilize citizenry effectively”, he explained.

The Adviser appealed to parents and caregivers to ensure that all the children in State between 0 months and 59 months received two oral drops of the free polio vaccine during the immunisation campaign.



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