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Nigeria Has 4m Unvaccinated Children – UNICEF

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As many states continue to encourage and record high coverage of immunisation in Nigeria, an official of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Dr Ibrahim Ali-Mohammed has said the nation still has about 4 million children with cases of under vaccination even as some remained unvaccinated.

This according to Dr Ali-Mohammed is out of the 20 million unvaccinated and under vaccinated children globally.

Ali-Mohammed, who is the immunisation officer, UNICEF Katsina Field Office, disclosed this while speaking in Kano state during the World Immunisation Week. He stated that Kano has the highest under vaccinated and unvaccinated number of children in Nigeria.

According to him, Kano alone accounts for 350, 000 children of the 4 million under vaccinated, unvaccinated children in the country.

While appealing to the people of Kano to avail their children for immunization, he further assured that, UNICEF would continue to collaborate with Kano state government and other relevant stakeholders to not only make the vaccines available but also ensure that eligible children in the state are immunised as well.

He also reassured that, vaccines remained one of the most successful and cost effective health interventions, which therefore explains why it should be encouraged to have a healthier society.

Speaking earlier, UNICEF communication officer, Alhaji Rabi’u Musa appealed to the various media practitioners not to relent in their continued support of educating the masses on the importance of immunisation against all child killer diseases in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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