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Kano targets 3.6m children for immunisation

The Kano state government will immunize some 3.6 million children as part of activities to mark Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW.

The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, announced this on Monday by declaring the week open in the state’s Ungogo local government area.

Mr. Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, said that the week would be held in conjunction with the Outbreak Response Exercise, OBR1.

According to him, immunization officers will visit every home to immunize children under the age of five against poliovirus, following the outbreak of circulatory virus type 2.

“The goal of Maternal, Child and Newborn Health Week is to improve health care services for pregnant women and their children,” Ganduje said.

The governor expressed the commitment of his administration to provide adequate and quality health services to the population of the state.

He appealed to pregnant women in all 44 local government areas to make sure they attend free prenatal services provided at hospitals across the state.

Mr. Ganduje congratulated the federal government, local government presidents, the Emirate of Kano, and development partners for their commitment and support.

Health Commissioner Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa urged parents to cooperate with immunization officers for the exercise to be successful.

The chairman of the Ungogo local government area, Abdullahi Ramat, pledged the council’s support for the exercise.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that during the week-long activity, free medical services will be provided to women and children in the 44 local government areas.

The exercise, which began Jan.8, is expected to end Jan.13 at designated health facilities across the state.

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