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Why Local Govt in Kano misses polio immunization target

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Mustapha Adamuhttps://dailynigerian.com/
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Kura Local Government Council of Kano state, has missed the immunization target of 42, 211 children with a slim margin of 98.

The council’s Immunization Officer, Hamisu Mu’azu, said they were able to vaccinate 42, 113 during the just concluded State Immunization Plus Days (SIPDS), on Wednesday.

According to Mr Mu’azu, the skip in the target occurred as a result of absence, because they travelled out of the town with their parents and did not return throughout the period of the exercise that lasted for 5 days.

He explained that the exercise was conducted smoothly, adding that the few cases of rejection that was recorded during the exercise were resolved amicably.

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“The exercise was successful. Out of 42,211 target children, we were able to vaccinate 42,113. The children we missed had travelled with their parents. Our officials visited their houses throughout the exercise but they did not return.

“As you can see, we recorded a few cases of rejection and our officials were able to resolve the cases from the onset. They collected the phone number of a father and called him instantly. Thereafter, he would allow his child to be vaccinated,” he said

Mr Mu’azu further said that all the equipment set for the exercise were functional as a result of good maintenance.

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He attributed the success recorded to the commitment of stakeholders in the council, commending the Local Government authorities and traditional rulers for making the exercise successful.

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