Nigeria : UNICEF donates 850,000 vaccines doses to fight Meningitis outbreak in Sokoto
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Apr 26, Abuja: United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF) will be delivering about 850,000 doses of meningitis vaccines to Sokoto State Government to help curtail Meningitis outbreak in the state Northwest Nigeria.
The state is among the five States hit by Meningitis with Zamfara state recording high number of deaths and cases. Mohammad Mohiuddin, UNICEF Sokoto Chief of Field Office on Monday said UNICEF already delivered about 100,000 doses of the vaccine to the state government. "Approximately,100,000 has already been handed over to the government, we are areexpecting to receive 50,000 plus doses of the vaccines, a day after tomorrow (Tuesday) we are also going to receive 600,000 plus excess. "About 850,000 will be provided to the state government at the end of day. "We are also supporting the state government in social mobilisation campaign, and as part of that, we are doing social mobilisation through our field network. "We have the Community Volunteers mobilisers at the community level, we have the LGAs consultants and we have our whole network of Communication for Development, " he said.
Mohiuddin who commended the state government for its efforts towards curtailing the outbreak said the Health commissioner and his team are committed and took the outbreak very seriously. Incidence Manager, Emergency Operations Center, Sokoto, Dr. Aminu Shehu who confirmed first batch receipt of the doses , noted that over 97,200 doses of the vaccines are already in the custody of the state government. He explained that, since the outbreak of the bacteria, the state has responded well, in collaboration with other partners like UNICEF, by providing drugs for patients.
"We have Different teams on ground working together to tackle the menace and these include surveillance, mobilization, vaccines and we get reports and feedback through the ministry of health. "Currently, we have 33 confirmed cases in the state,which have been treated and discharged. But apart from these there are over 1000 suspected cases. He further announced that vaccination exercise and campaigns on Meningitis will commence on Thursday 27th April 2017 in 9 Local Government Areas.
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