The Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in conjunction with Akwa Ibom State government has commenced the immunisation of children against Hepatitis B infection and typhoid in primary schools across the 15 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State.
Dr. Jimmy Escor, medical personnel in NDDC said children in primary schools are vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. He said it was for this reason that the NDDC joined hands with the state ministries of health in the nine Niger Delta states to immunise primary school children.He noted that primary schools capture the age-bracket
that require the various stages of immunisation and preventive health care. He explained that since diseases spread easily when large numbers of children are in close proximity.
Mrs. Ekaete Udom, a nurse involved in the immunisation exercise at the Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku in Uyo Local Government Area, commended the NDDC for donating the vaccines meant to save the children from communicable diseases. She remarked that the gesture would go a long way to complement the National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) programme in the state, pointing out that child morbidity and mortality from Hepatitis B would be further reduced through the exercise.
At the QIC Primary School, Usung Inyang in Eket Local Government Area, the pupils lined up happily to be immunized. The deputy head teacher of the school, Mrs. Hannah Udoh, thanked the NDDC and the state government for paying serious attention to the health needs of the children.
culled from dailytrust.com.ng