Enugu community records mass polio vaccination
The community of Egede in Udi local government area, Enugu state, is currently witnessing mass immunization of children aged 0-5 against polio, as mothers in the community praise the initiative.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the new community oral polio vaccination, which has 10 vaccination teams due to its wide spread and child population, began on October 6.
Community team supervisor Loveth Ijenwagu told NAN in Egede on Saturday that the exercise went off without a hitch for four consecutive days.
Ijenwagu noted that each of the teams distributed at least five vials (vaccine vial) of vaccine to the community, adding that each vial covers oral polio drops for 50 children.
âEach team has administered the new oral polio vaccine to approximately 250 children since Wednesday when we started the exercise.
âAs you can see, everything is going well, as parents and caregivers cooperate with us.
“We also believe that we will have more children captured on Sunday at the community worship centers,” he said.
Speaking, a mother, Ms. Joy Onwuka, thanked the state government, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and its state counterpart as well as donor health agencies for making the vaccination possible.
“I am happy that my little Chukwuemeka was vaccinated yesterday (Friday) at our home, despite the distance between our house and the market square which serves as the center of the community,” said Onwuka.
Another mother, Ms. Chioma Okorie, praised the state government for its commitment to caring for children and getting her child vaccinated against polio.
âI thank our child-loving governor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for maintaining his priority of ensuring optimal health care for children,â said Okorie, who is the mother of little Ngozika.
NAN recalls that the state government, through the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), said it was targeting a total of 1,014,953 children for the new oral polio vaccination.
ENS-PHCDA Executive Secretary Dr George Ugwu said the target population represented 20 percent of the state’s total population.
Ugwu said the state received 1,306,700 vaccine doses for the exercise and trained a total of 2,834 vaccination teams for the exercise.
The exercise, which began on Wednesday October 6, will end on October 10. There could be additional cleanup days for areas that did not meet expected targets in the state.