Cross River Govt. targets 900,000 children for immunisation

 Cross River Government has expressed readiness to immunise 900,000 against polio during the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week in the state.

Dr Janet Ekpenyong, the Director General of Cross River Primary Healthcare Agency, disclosed this on in Calabar during the inauguration of the Inactivated Polio Virus 2 (IPV2) at the Bogobiri Hausa settlement area in Calabar.

Ekpenyong said that in addition to the immunisation, the would also be Vitamin A and other supplements to boost
their immunity.

According to her, 3,000 women will be healthcare, mosquito nets and during the week.

She said that the essence of the inauguration of the IPV2 was to reach out to mothers and across the state the needed health they deserved.

She noted that during the exercise, malnourished children would also be reached a view to enhancing their nutritional status.

“The will be carried out simultaneously in all the health centres across the state. It is important for mothers to bring their children who are under five years for de-worming and those under 14 weeks for polio ,’’ she said.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, said that for 10 years, Cross River had not recorded any case of polio.

Edu encouraged pregnant women to always healthcare centres for maternal health , rather than patronising quacks.

In her goodwill message, the wife of the state Governor, Dr Linda Ayade, said that the state government placed priority on the health of women and children.

Ayade noted that the state government had renovated and equipped health centres across the state a view to meeting the health needs of the people. (NAN)