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Cholera: WHO, Borno govt house to house immunisation targets 440,000 residents

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Mukaila Ola 

The house to house cholera immunisation has commenced in parts of Borno State to combat the threat of the disease which has claimed lives in that part of  Boko Haram terrorists ravaged North East Nigeria.

Targeted during the ongoing exercise are 436,190 residents of the state from age nine months and above.

The exercise organized by the Borno State Government with support of World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other stakeholders in the health sector aimed at given immunisation to all strata, from children to aged.

Those to be immunized are from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Jere, Askira/Uba, Ngala and Kala/Balge; a decision which was informed by the state’s epidemiological records.

Speaking during a tour of Maisandari ward to oversee the exercise which kickstarted on November 28 and would end in December 2, Dr Abbana Kolo disclosed that immunisation would be given to people in the selected local governments and wards.

He disclosed that the immunisation programme was initiated and supported by the global health agency and other partners to fight cholera that claimed 61 lives last year.

“Cholera is a disease that is contagious among the targeted age bracket of one and above, but we are excluding pregnant women from the ongoing exercise because they cannot be given cholera immunisation.

He said the exercise is from house to house and would be administered in all schools in the area of coverage.

He disclosed that: “What brought this immunisation campaign; was the recent outbreaks of cholera epidemic in the targeted communities in Borno state.

“The Epidemiological data also indicated that the targeted communities be covered during the five-day immunisation exercise.

The Director of Disease Control for State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHDA), Babagana Abiso said that the first vaccination exercise protects people from contracting cholera for six months.

According to him, the second round of immunisation also protects people against cholera for the next three years.

He however noted that not every community could be reached, because of security challenges in Abadam, Kala/Balge and Marte.

He therefore; urged the other partners to continue support the immunisation exercise to save people’s lives.

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