……..Alimosho, Kosofe have highest number of unvaccinated children
The Lagos State Immunisation Officer, Mrs Bola Orefejo, says Kosofe and Alimosho Local Government Areas have continued to record the highest number of unvaccinated children in the state.
Orejefo made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos during a community rally on the “Uptake of Immunisation” in the areas, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
She said that this was in spite of the state government’s efforts to ensure the immunisation of every child in the state.
According to Orefejo, the community rally was necessary to find out the reasons for the low uptake of immunisation in the areas and how to address the problem.
“The state government is highly interested in maternal and child health.
“This is why we are having this rally in these communities, to dialogue with the people and intensify advocacy on immunisation,” she said.
The NOA and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed to community leaders and parents to embrace and increase the uptake on immunisation.
The UNICEF’s Health Specialist, Dr Charles Nwosisi, said that immunisation was key to improving the health and welfare of children.
Nwosisi said that UNICEF had been working with the state government to ensure that immunisation was free in healthcare facilities.
“Immunisation is one of the best ways you can protect your children and future generations from infectious diseases.
“In other words, if you vaccinate your children, you help wipe out diseases that could spread now and into the future.
“This vaccination is likely to contribute significantly to reductions in infant and under-five morbidity and mortality rates.
“You are not only looking after your own family but also protecting vulnerable children in your community.
“And you are also helping to wipe out these infectious diseases altogether.
“That is, the more children who vaccinate, the fewer people who are infected, the less widely can a disease spread,” Nwosisi said.
The Lagos State Director of NOA, Mr Waheed Ishola, also said that records had shown that Alimosho and Kosofe LGAs had the highest number of unvaccinanated children in the state.
“This is why we have rallied local influencers in these LGAs to help spread the word about the importance of immunisation.
“This campaign is very important to protect our children from these killer diseases, and to secure them because they are our future, ” he said.
Immunisation is a way of boosting or building up immunity in children through vaccination against childhood killer diseases, such as measles, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis and poliomyelitis.