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Yobe govt to partner 9,470 ward heads on immunisation coverage

The Yobe Committee on Routine Immunisation against childhood killer diseases, says it will partner 9,470 ward heads in Damaturu Emirate to ensure immunisation compliance and coverage.

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Yobe Deputy Governor and Chairman of the committee, stated this on Thursday at an interactive session with members of the Damaturu Emirate Council.

He expressed concern over the drop in routine immunisation coverage in the emirate, saying the committee would explore every available opportunity to improve the coverage.

Aliyu charged the council to see the drop as a personal challenge and duty to kick out polio out of their communities.

‘‘We cannot afford to relax and expose our wards to any danger of polio; we must work collectively to ensure every child in our various communities is immunised.

‘‘As leaders in our own right, we must ensure that no one is left out to constitute any danger or threat to our collective well being,’’ he said.

Aliyu advised district and village heads to forward challenges being faced in their communities to the committee.

He stated that this would assist members of the committee to tackle the problems and improve immunisation coverage in their respective areas.

He commended the Bill and Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations for supporting immunisation exercise in the state.

The Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi El-Kanemi, gave assurance that the emirate council would continue to work hard to address the challenges that caused the fall in immunisation coverage in his area.

He also expressed the commitment of the emirate to improve on areas of cooperation with the committee for the success of the exercise. (NAN)


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.