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Experts in the Health sector have task the government with the full immunization on Nigerian children. The call came in the wake of World Immunisation Day celebration, which is celebrated on the 24-30 of April of every year.
Although, Nigeria recorded an unprecedented immunisation coverage from 48 per cent in 2017- to 57 per cent in 2019, the first time in the last 10 years, the country still accounts for the highest number of under-immunised children in the world with over 4.5 million children not immunised.
Speaking at the breakfast session of Health Watch Forum in 2019, with the theme ‘Prevent Epidemics: Immunise’, organised by the Nigerian Health Watch, Oyewale Tomori, a professor of virology and former vice chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Ogun State, Nigeria said for Nigeria to prevent imminent epidemics, the population must be vaccinated.
“If only some of the children gets vaccinated, the virus spread, and if most gets vaccinated the virus is contained,” he said.
Speaking on the decadence that has led to the high index of the country, Tomori, said immunisation is the first line of defence against infectious disease and it is one of the most cost effective and public health interventions that can ensure the averting of estimated 2-3 million deaths recorded under immunisation every year.
According to Tomori only clean water – another basic human right – performed better. WHO list 26 diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Despite the existence of these vaccines, only 21 per cent of Nigerian children aged 12-23 months are vaccinated against vaccine preventable childhood disease. Hence the basis for the 4.5-5 million Nigerian children unimmunized.
Alarmed by children falling preys to vaccines preventable diseases that ought to have been conquered Nigeria, Tomori explained that given Nigeria’s abundant resources , it … Read More...