Yobe Celebrates African Vaccination Week with Focus on Reaching Every Child

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Yobe Celebrates African Vaccination Week with Focus on Reaching Every Child

Dr. Lawan ana, the Yobe State Commissioner for Health addressed the media to mark the commencement of African Vaccination Week (AVW).

Gana, represented by Babagana Machina said the week-long campaign, celebrated across the continent, aimed to raise awareness and increase immunization rates.

He emphasised that vaccination remained the most effective way to prevent diseases and ensure a healthy society.

He noted the theme for AVW 2024, “Humanly Possible: Immunization for All,” and highlighted Yobe State’s commitment to this goal.

Dr. Gana credited the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni for prioritising immunisation services.

He pointed to the positive impact of the partnership between Yobe State, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote Foundation, and UNICEF.

The collaboration, according to him has strengthened routine immunization (RI) and Primary Healthcare (PHC) services across the state.

He outlined Yobe State’s AVW activities include press briefings, integrated outreach services in five Local Government Areas (LGAs), extensive media coverage of events and roadshows in select LGAs to promote awareness.

The commissio outlined the complete immunisation schedule for children in the state, emphasising the importance of seven visits to healthcare facilities between birth and nine years old to ensure children receive all necessary vaccines at the right time.

The schedule includes vaccines for: BCG (at birth), Oral Poliovirus (OPV), Hepatitis B, Pentavalent, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), Rotavirus, Measles, Yellow Fever, Meningitis.

Dr. Gana expressed gratitude to partners including WHO, UNICEF, CGPP, CDC, AfENET, NGOs, and the media for their continuous support.

He urged everyone to participate in raising awareness about the importance of immunisation for children and the entire population.

The commissioner said reiterated state government’s committed to providing necessary resources to ensure every child receives life-saving vaccines.

Also speaking, Dr. Alhassan Hamisu, State Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), pledged a to continued support the Yobe State Government in its immunization and public health programmes to achieve universal health coverage for all citizens.

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