Immunisation: Health Ministry Targets Rural Communities

L-R: Consultant, Clinical Psychologist, Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu, Consultant, Ophthalmologist and Founder, Centre for Community and Rural Eye Care, Dr Fatima Kyari and Chief Executive Officer, Lakeshore Cancer Centre in Lagos, Dr Chumy Nwogu, during the future of health conference organised by Nigeria Health Watch in Abuja, recently.

Towards ensuring that the on-going Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW)/ Maternal Neo-natal Tetanus Elimination campaign achieves its target of over 80 percent, the Rivers State Ministry of Health says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known to The Tide in an exclusive interview, the Health Educator/Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Doris Nria said provisions have been made to take the free immunization exercise to the rural areas of the state.
“Because the programme is running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas have been empowered with boats or other means of transport, logistics have been provided.
“In areas where boats are used for transport, Implementing Partners/Rivers State Government have put resources together to ensure that they are able to get boat or bicycle to enable the health workers get to these areas”, she explained.
Dr Nria further stated that in addition to specially trained health workers “we have recruited many other persons that have the knowledge of health, to further enhance reaching the hard-to-reach areas”.
Nria used the opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus.
The MNCHW is a week-long exercise set aside by the Federal Government to take care of the mother, new born and children from 0 -5 years.
The 2018 exercise, billed to last from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th of November, 2018, is targeted at immunizing about 1.3 million children between 1 to 5 years old.
According to Dr Nria, the implementing partners include UNICEF, World Health organization, the change initiative and the National Health Care Development Agency.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo