Medical researcher urges FG to increase routine immunisation coverage

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LAGOS – A medical researcher, Dr Bamidele Iwalokun, on Federal Government increase routine immunisation coverage reduce mortality rate.

Iwalokun Nigerian Institute Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, told News Agency Nigeria (NAN) Lagos, that country’s immunisation had fallen below the global target of 80 per cent.

“Nigeria immunisation coverage is far below the global target of 80 per cent at the district level and 90 per cent at other levels.

immunisation coverage is still below 35 per cent overall, that is say the percentage of Nigerian infants that have been immunised all the vaccines is less than 35 per cent.

“So, we still have poor coverage and we have so many factors serving as barriers against them. They need be addressed.

“Apart from routine immunisation which needs also to be upon, there is belief by mothers that through National Immunisation Day (NID), they would get all the immunisations for their children.[eap_ad_2]

“But, during NID all immunisations are being administered. As such, it is the routine immunisation that needs to be on.”

An NGO, Global Polio Eradication said: “polio eradication strategy is the need to ensure more than 80 per cent immunisation coverage of children their first year.

“While routine immunisation alone cannot eradicate the disease, good routine oral polio vaccine coverage increases population immunity, reduces the incidence of polio and makes eradication feasible.

“The importance of childhood immunisation is to protect the against common diseases such as whooping cough, polio, measles, meningitis and pneumonia.”

According to /UNICEF immunisation coverage estimates, 86 per cent of infants received three doses of oral polio vaccine 2010, compared 75 per cent 1990. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]