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Bauchi to immunize 3 million children – Agency

A child being administered the polio vaccination
Polio victims

From:  Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi

In order  to curtail the spread of wild polio virus in the state, Bauchi State Primary Health Care  Development  Agency  has completed arrangements to immunize 1.2 million children in the next round of immunization plus days, IPDs, for 2019 .
 The State Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Rilwanu  Mohammed, disclosed  this  in  a press briefing  in  his office,  saying that the immunization  is designed  to reach every eligible child in the state .
He said that the IPDs will start  from the 20 local governments  in the state and  that it is no longer  house to house but in  fixed posts.
According to him , ” if Nigeria’s  immunization  efforts was maintained,  there will be no polio  virus in Nigeria  and in Bauchi. For 6 years there has not been any reported case of the virus in the state”.
Regarding the spread of measles  and meningitis in the state,  he said arrangements have been completed  to vaccinate 1.2 million children aged 9 to 59 months against measles and 1.8 million aged 1 to 7 years against meningitis across the state.
Dr Mohammed  then appealed to parents  in the state to allow their children to be vaccinated and also called  on the people  of the state  not to allow their children to die of any of these preventable  diseases.
He solicited the  support and cooperation of traditional and religious leaders, as well as other stakeholders for the conduct of the campaign.

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