Insecurity Hampers Immunization In 7 Jigawa Communities


Seven communities in Jigawa State did not take part in the just concluded polio immunization exercise in Jigawa State.

This was made known by the state Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Board, Kabiru Ibrahim while briefing newsmen on the conduct of the exercise.

Ibrahim said that activities of kidnappers and bandits around Gwaram Local Government Area of the state made it difficult for immunization teams to conduct the exercise in six villages with a total target of 2,000 children.



    He noted that, the board is now strategizing in collaboration with security agencies, traditional leaders and all stake holders to organise a special “Hit and Run” exercise for the left out village to immunize the remaining children in 24 hrs.

    “Hit and run approach is a situation where a large number of vaccinators will be mobilised to carry out the usual four days vaccination exercise in three hours.”

    “The communities we prefer to conduct the “hit and run” vaccination exercise and number of targeted children are:  341 from Matsongo, 345 from Funtua, 228 from Riminbabba, 322 from Lafia, 100 Ruwankari Gari and 180 Ruwankari Fulani communities.”

    Ibrahim noted that 1.7 million children were targeted in the immunization exercise which was carried out successfully as a result of the effective plan that was put in place.

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