Immunisation: Katsina targets 2.5m expectant mothers, Children

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State says 2.5 million expectant mothers and children would be immunised during the ongoing Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week.

Masari made this known on Tuesday at the flag off of immunisation of expectant mothers, newborns and children at Kaita in Kaita Local Government Area.

The governor said that all children under the age of five and expectant mothers would be immunised free of charge at various points in the state.

Masari said that the State Primary Health Care Development Agency Law of 2007 would be amended for effective co-ordination and healthcare system.

He said that plans were on for the establishment of a Drug Management Agency to ensure steady supply of quality drugs to improve healthcare delivery in the state.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Hajiya Mariayata Usman, said that the Health Week was set aside to improve on maternal and child health in the state.

“We have established 1,800 immunisation posts for registration of births, maternal and child immunisation.

“We have also made special arrangement for the immunisation of expectant mothers and their registration during the one week exercise.

“In each ward, there will be three posts manned by five health personnel for the conduct of the immunisation,’’ she said.

The commissioner appealed to husbands to allow their wives to take their children to the immunisation posts.

In his remarks, the District Head of Kaita, Alhaji Abdulkareem Kabir, urged men to allow their pregnant wives and children to go for the immunisation.(NAN)