No fewer than 138,476 children were immunised against poliomyelitis and other child killer diseases in Malumfashi local government area of Katsina State in October.
The Manager, National Programme on Immunisation (NPI), Malam Abdurrahman Mu’azu made this known to the newsmen in Malumfashi.
Mu’azu said that the figures exceeded the council’s initial target of 133,858.
He explained that 151,620 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) were received for the exercise with 133,858 children targeted.
According to him, 604 households with 1,194 children were identified as non-compliance during the period and 415 households with 842 children were resolved during the exercise.
Mu’azu said that all pending households along with children cases were resolved, commending the traditional, religious and local government leaders for their support.
He said the conduct of the exercise was smooth, hoping that the November exercise would be a success.
Mu’azu urged the state and local governments to redouble their efforts on Routine Immunisation (RI), noting that health workers were facing challenges in accessing the hard reach areas.
Mu’azu called on immunisation workers to ensure adequate record keeping, saying that proper record keeping and management would help in successful outcome of the exercise.
He urged the workers to report any parent that rejected the poliomyelitis vaccine for his or her children, saying that modalities had been put in place to ensure mass coverage.
The NPI manager said that government and the supporting agencies were making enormous investment in the exercise toward improving the health of children.
While calling for increased public support, Mu’azu said that safeguarding the health of children should be a collective responsibility.