Anambra State government said, on Thursday, it was targeting about 2.6 million people for immunisation during the March, 2014 National Immunisation Plus Days starting tomorrow in all parts of the country.
A breakdown of the target population shows that 1,043,187 children under five years, 1,147,506; women of child bearing age, 260,797 pregnant women and 208,637 children under one year are to be immunised during the four-day exercise.
Briefing reporters in Awka on the preparations for the exercise, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, said though there had been no reported case of polio in Anambra State in the past six years, regular immunisation became necessary as people of the state were highly mobile and could come in contact with people from states still habouring polio virus. Ikeakor, who spoke through the state Director of Public Health and Disease Control, Dr. Chukwudi Okoye, said the campaign was being mounted in the 21 local government areas of the state in partnership with the World Health Organization, WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and the media.
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