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Over 1.2 million children not yet vaccinated in Nigeria – UNICEF




By Aderogba George

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as many as 1.2 million children in Nigeria have yet to be immunized.

This figure represents about 6% of the 20 million children in the world who have not yet been vaccinated.

UNICEF Communications Officer Folashade Adebayo made the disclosure to Yola on Wednesday during a “Media Dialogue on Routine Vaccination, Post-Polio Certification and COVID-19 Vaccination.”

The meeting was organized by the Information Office on Children’s Rights (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

According to, vaccination is described as “the process by which people are protected from diseases caused by infection with microorganisms, officially called pathogens.

The term vaccine refers to the equipment used for vaccination, while vaccination refers to the action of giving a vaccine to a person. “

Adebayo said more than 20 million children around the world are unvaccinated, adding that around six percent of them are in Nigeria and fundamentally lack life-saving vaccines.

According to her, more stories about the low vaccination rates in Nigeria are needed to wake up parents and do the right thing for their children.

Adebayo said the World Health Organization (WHO) also revealed that Nigeria is the country with the highest number of deaths of children under five in the world.

She said that this position really requires serious attention from parents to take the issue of their children’s immunizations seriously at this point.

“Improving the survival and well-being of our children is the most important here, the direct or underlying cause of 45% of all deaths of children under five is vaccination.

“Nigeria has the second largest burden of stunted children in the world, an additional 2.7 million children are wasted.

“In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it are worsening,” she said.

However, she called for a change in the rhetoric on the part of parents, adding that governments and other relevant agencies must also play their key role to achieve better results. (NOPE)


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