Vaccination: Female Journalists distribute gift items to mothers, caregivers in Bauchi

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File photo: Children receiving polio vaccination

A child receives polio vaccination

To mark the African Vaccination Week (AVW), the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bauchi State chapter, on Monday distributed gift items to some mothers and caregivers.

Mrs Aisha Bamai, the Secretary of the association, said that the distribution of the gift items was a way to appreciate mothers and caregivers who dedicated their time to ensuring that eligible children were immunised.

Bamai advised parents to ensure that children were vaccinated at the proper time, to prevent childhood killer diseases.

She also advised mothers and caregivers on the importance of personal and environmental hygiene, saying that it is essential for healthy living.

Similarly, the North-East Zonal Secretary of NAWOJ, Hajia Halima Ibrahim, counselled mothers at the gathering to shun false information about vaccines.

Earlier, Mrs Lois Daniel, the Director, Disease Control and Immunization in the state, said that the week would also be used to create more awareness on vaccination.

Meanwhile, Dr Adamu Ning, the State Coordinator, World Health Organisation (WHO), said that the state had improved on its immunisation activities.

Ning urged various stakeholders not to relent in achieving the desired goal with regard to immunisation.

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NAN reports that items distributed included detergents, drinks, washing soaps and sanitary items, among others.

African Vaccination Week is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with the other WHO Regions and the World Immunisation Week (WIW).

It is led and coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Africa and implemented by countries.

The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunisation programmes in the African Region by increasing awareness of the importance of every person’s (particularly every child and woman) need and right to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The over-arching slogan of African Vaccination Week (AVW) is “Vaccinated communities, Healthy communities”.

The theme of the 8th AVW which is “Vaccines work, Do your part!”, highlights the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

It urges greater action on immunisation across the African Region, with a particular focus on spotlighting the role that everyone can play in this effort, from donors to individuals.

It also aims at keeping immunisation high on the national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships and promotes delivery of other high impact life-saving interventions.