More than 51 million children immunized In Nigeria in 2019 -WHO

KANO, NIGERIA - APRIL 12: A Nigerian schoolboy is vaccinated against polio during a mass nationwide polio inoculation April 12, 2005, in Kano, Nigeria. International aid workers once hoped to have polio eradicated off the face of the Earth by April 2005, the 50th anniversary of the approval of the polio vaccine. But recent efforts by some Nigerian Muslim leaders to stop Western inoculation programs have allowed polio to endure. Creating new victims even while hundreds of thousands of Nigerians suffer from the disease. Opportunities are scarce for polio sufferers, but programs like the Polio Victims Association allow them to make a small living, welding hand-cranked polio bicycles and other projects for a small salary. Nigeria is undergoing a massive countrywide push to inoculate every child under five - nearly 40 million doses of polio vaccine countrywide in four days. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The Nigerian Government supported by the World Health Organisation and other partners, have immunised over 51 million children during the annual national immunisation campaigns.

According to the WHO, the intervention conducted in phases from July 30 to August 30, 2019, reached 51,151,924 eligible children across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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The campaign was integrated with Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine and fractional Inactivated Polio Vaccine.

While 0-59 months’ children received bOPV only in selected local government areas of 15 states namely Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara, a total of 12,020,045 children were given both fIPV and bOPV.

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Speaking on the outcome of the national campaign, Dr Fiona Braka, WHO Nigeria’s Immunisation leader, said, “The essence of this campaign was to ensure eligible children are protected from vaccine preventable diseases.

“Even though Nigeria is edging closer to being certified wild poliovirus (WPV) free, we will not relent in ensuring all children are fully protected not just against polio but other vaccine preventable diseases too.”

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