Bauchi Introduces Schedule Vaccination Into Routine Vaccination, Starts 7-Day Vaccination

In its determination to fight the rotavirus-induced cholera outbreak among children under the age of 5, the Bauchi State Government has launched a 7-day vaccination of all children, which will eventually lead to the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in its routine immunization schedule.

The official flag of the vaccination exercise was done at the Kofar Dumi Primary Healthcare Center in the Bauchi metropolis by the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed.

He said vaccine availability in the country was long overdue, as 90 percent of diarrheal diseases were caused by rotavirus, based on studies by several researchers coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Rilwanu Mohammed added that most of the children presented to health care facilities with diarrhea were victims of the rotavirus that prompted parents to take their children outside to get vaccinated, as it is an oral vaccine and has been shown to be effective .

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According to him, “Rota vaccine is designed to protect your children under the age of five from diarrheal illness, dehydration and hospitalization.”

The BASPHCDA EC appealed: “Make sure your children receive the required doses of the schedule vaccines at 6, 10 and 14 weeks of age. All vaccines are effective, safe and free,” Dr Mohammed urged mothers and carers.

He also revealed that the Bauchi state government has received 200,000 doses from the federal government and more will be received in due course as the state expects a total of 900,000 doses.

He thanked the federal government and international partners for making the grid vaccines available and assured that they will be used judiciously in all 20 local government areas of the state.

The state coordinator, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA) Bashir Maidabino said the launch of the grid vaccine in the state could not have come at a better time, especially given the damage diarrhea is causing among the vulnerable children.

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He also called on the mothers to complement the efforts of health authorities by including the culture of hand washing, sanitation and personal hygiene, WASH, at the household level and to emphasize that all children around the world are pre-aged. five years of age to become infected with the rotavirus.

In his comments, a World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Bauchi state, Mr. Tarik Beru, said that the rotavirus vaccine is not new as it is used in almost all developing countries to protect children from diarrheal diseases.

Tarik Beru congratulated the state for launching the ROTA vaccine and mainstreaming it in their RI campaign.

Director of Primary Health Development, Bauchi Municipality, Sulaiman Abdu Kirfi, said that if children are fully vaccinated, they will be protected from diarrheal diseases, reducing morbidity and mortality among them.

Represented by Bauchi’s Ɗan Kade, Alhaji Zailani Mahmud, Bauchi’s district chief praised the BASPHCDA, NPHCDA and other donors, as well as development partners for always supporting the state to boost its health sector.

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The executive chairman of BASPHCDA then led other dignitaries in administering the schedule vaccines to the children under 5 years of age to officially begin routine immunization.

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