2 Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency, said this during an orientation course for health reporters and producers on Saturday in Bauchi
According to him, rotaviruses are the most common cause of diarrheal diseases among infants and under-5 children.
3 “Rotavirus vaccine is a vaccine used to protect against rotavirus infections, which are the leading cause of severe diarrhea among young children
“An oral vaccine against rotavirus infection is given to babies as part of their routine childhood immunisation.
4 It was approved by the World Health Organisation in 2012, it is now available.
5 “The oral vaccine will reduce the burden of the contagious virus that causes diarrhea among infants and under five children,” he said.
6 According to him, journalists are stakeholders in the pursuit for public health, hence the need for them to be abreast of development in healthcare services.
7 He said the exercise was designed to educate the participants on the virus and vaccine to promote awareness creation among the populace.
8 Mohammed said the agency would also sensitise community leaders to mobilise participation and improve uptake of the vaccine.
11 “The disease is classified by diarrhea, vommitting, fever, severe dehydration which lead to death.
12 “Rotavirus cannot be treated with antibiotics,” he said.
14 He said that three doses of the vaccine was recommended as a full dose for a child.
Isa said the immunisation programme was working in collaborating with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) and nutrition projects to facilitate successful implementation of the immunisation programme.