By Our Reporter
The Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA), Dr Batulu Mohammad, says the state is targeting 90 per cent coverage in immunisation this year.
Mohammad made this known on Wednesday in Yola during an enlightenment rally organised by Journalists against Polio (JAP) and other stakeholders to mark this year’s African Vaccination Week (AVW).
She said that the state had been making steady progress in the area of immunisation since 2015, and had succeeded in raising its coverage from 38 per cent to 56 per cent in 2017.
The executive chairman said that the coverage had been raised to 81 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.
“We are targeting 90 percent and if possible 100 per cent to cover all children,’’ she said.
Mohammad urged parents to make their children available for immunisation, adding that it was free and the best protection one could give to his/her children.
“It is better to be protected than to be treated; immunisation is completely free in all sense of the word. Immunisation is the best protection you will give to a child,’’ Mohammad said.
She urged communities to report anyone denying his/her child or ward immunisation for intervention, pointing out that it children’s right to get immunised.
The executive chairman lauded the media for the effective role it was playing in creating awareness on immunisation, and urged it to sustain the tempo.
In his remarks, the Adamawa Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Umar Dankano, stressed the benefits of immunisation.
Dankano said the media in the state would continue to do its best to promote the exercise and other healthcare services in the state.