600,000 children not immunize in Kano,Jigawa,Katsina -UNICEF

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says over 600,000 children are yet to be immunized against childhood killer diseases in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.

UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Kano state, Rahama Farah, said this on Thursday during a media briefing on the organisation’s State of the World Children’s (SOWC) 2023: Immunisation and Zero Dose situation in Kano Field office states.He

HE said out of the numbers, Kano state had the highest number with over 300,000 of yet to be immunized children, representing 55 per cent.

Farah noted that  the children were scattered across 44 local government areas (LGAs) with majority resident in Kano state followed by Jigawa and Katsina.

He maintained  that the victims were in remote and out-of-reach of normal health system areas.“We in UNICEF are very concerned about the zero dose number of children not immunizeed in the three states of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa under the Kano field office.“We are concerned because this is the basic fundamental child rights in terms of having access to immunisation services.

“We know that globally, children are dying because they don’t have access to preventable diseases vaccination.“And this is a major concern for us in Nigeria and Kano in particular,”

.“We are calling on every community leader, policy makers to put hands together to build partnership and reduce the high number of children not immunized against the child killer diseases.”

“We are calling on the government to increase investment in health system to reach out to the children.

in her remark the UNICEF’s Health Specialist, Abimbola Aman-Olaniyo, said children who were not immunizeeed were obviously vulnerable to preventable diseases and prone to outbreaks, citing the recent cases of Diphtheria outbreak in Kano state and Celebrospinal meningitis in Jigawa state.

She added that UNICEF plans to reach 250,985 children in Kano, 154,768 and 94,060 children in Katsina and Jigawa states, respectively, for the year 2023 to reduce the zero dose children.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen/Kano

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