MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / –
In preparation for the Supplemental Immunization Activities (HIA) in Borno State, the WHO Country Representative (WR), Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, has requested an advocacy training for the Shehu of Borno, Dr. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi, to request support for the success of the exercise.
The high-level meeting held recently at the Palace of the Shehu de Borno in Maiduguri, was to enhance collaboration with traditional leaders and aimed at the provision of essential health services in the state.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Mulombo thanked the traditional leader and district chiefs for all their support for the various health responses in the state.
“You supported the mobilization and encouraged the residents of Borno state to adhere to the preventive measures of COVID-19. You played a key role, and cases have plummeted in the state.
“We have been providing support in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health programs aimed at preventing, promoting and protecting the health of the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) in line with the goals and objectives of the National Plan of health. Although we are reviewing our emergency responses in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, we are finally requesting your support to mobilize the people of Borno state during the measles and yellow fever vaccination campaign, ”he said.
Supplemental exercise is for measles and yellow fever. The campaign carried out by the Borno state government, with the support of WHO and other partners, is scheduled for November 25-30, 2021. The campaign aims to reach an estimated two million people among the ages nine to 59 months.
Promising continued support, Alhaji Al-Amin El-Kanemi said that as heads of traditional institutions, they would use their positions to mobilize people and ensure that all eligible people in the area are vaccinated.
Commending WHO and its partners for humanitarian response and health interventions in the region, he suggested that WHO organize training for traditional leaders to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to support health interventions, including prevention , detection and notification of diseases.
In addition, as part of the strategies to strengthen the surveillance system in the state, the WR donated 20 phone tablets, 20 power banks and phone accessories to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the State Ministry of Health. Borno (MoH) with financial support from ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations). The elements would help improve surveillance reporting and strengthen the system (SORMAS – Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System).
Upon receiving the articles, the Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health thanked WHO and promised to use the technology effectively.
Measles and yellow fever are highly contagious but vaccine-preventable diseases. This year, Nigeria saw sporadic outbreaks of yellow fever and measles due to poor routine immunization coverage. Supplemental immunization activities are strategies for administering vaccination to children who would not otherwise receive routine services in hard-to-reach areas, underserved groups and communities, or susceptible older people.
As of November 11, 2021, Nigeria registered 13,766 suspected measles cases, with 9,135 confirmed. Additionally, as of October 21, 2021, more than 1,600 suspected cases of yellow fever had been recorded, with 40 confirmed cases.
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