UNICEF: Over 4.3m Nigerian Children Doesn’t Get Vaccinated In Every Year Said Malick
The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that despite the good progress made so far in bringing down child mortality rate in Nigeria, over 4.3 million children still miss out on vaccinations every year.
The representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Mr. Mohamed Malick, in a statement yesterday said the recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted by the Government of Nigeria in 2016/17 shows that only one in four children in the country receive all the needed vaccines.
Be that as it may, Malick, however, said vaccination scope for pentavalent antibody between the 36states changes significantly from 80 percent in Lagos to three percent in Sokoto is still beneath the prescribed worldwide objective of 90 percent altogether.
Mr. Malick further said that children who have never get vaccinated are at a higher risk of contracting a different kind of diseases such as tetanus, cough, and measles, which may lead to long-term infirm effects on survivors.
He said that poverty, population, not being hygienic, and inadequate nutrition and health care, increase the risk of some common diseases like pneumonia and measles; diseases that can be easily avoided with vaccines.
“The Country has made great strides in bringing down deaths rates of under 5-year-old children from 158 to as good as 120 per 1,000 births between 2011 and 2016. Still, at the same time, the coverage of the main vaccines given through routine immunization has gradually decreased.
“All girls and boys, no matter what their situations are or where they reside, have the right to survive, thrive and as well safe from deadly diseases.”
“Vaccination goes about as a shield, guarding everyone. By vaccinating kids, we are ensuring the most powerless individuals from the communities.”
Malick as well stressed that millions of lives can be saved by outreaching basic health services, like the routine immunization to the most unsafe and disfavored children.
In Nigeria, he stated, the administration has built up a yearning 10-year national vaccination and essential social insurance frameworks reinforcing plan that means to invert the present negative patterns
“Immunisation is one of the most powerful and most cost-effective health interventions,” said Malick.
He assured that “UNICEF and its partners continue to stand firm with the government to ensure that the lives of children are safe.”