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Primary Healthcare Agency announces 2020 first round NIPDS

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Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA) in collaboration with partner agencies have announced 2020 first round of National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) in the state.

Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, made the announcement during the State Social Mobilisation Committee (SSMC) meeting at ASPHCDA office complex, Awka.

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She noted that the event which was always held between March and April in past years would now hold between February 15 and February 18.

“The flag-off ceremony of NIPDs will be held jointly with that of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) on February 11, at Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area’’ she stated.

Dr. Ezenyimulu said the 4-day programme would hold in all PHCs, designated General, Teaching, Mission and private hospitals and schools.

“Also house to house, that includes Churches, mosques, markets, village square, motor parks and wherever children are found.

“During this period children from zero to 59 months of age will be vaccinated with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), irrespective of previous immunisation status,‘’ she said.

State Health Educator, ASPHCDA, Mrs. Uju Onwuegbuzina, said that the SSMC was established to aid the resolution of issues that might arise in the course of the campaigns such as non compliance or rejections.

“We are urged to use our various organisations/platforms to inform people on the need and importance of immunisation as it is a safe and effective means in protecting our children from vaccine preventable diseases,’’ she added.

UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant, Mr. Felix Okocha, commended members of SSMC for their efforts in communicating activities of the agency to ensure that Ndi Anambra would be healthy.

“I praise you all for what you are doing so far and will appeal that you continue to provide this support so that the objectives of the agency will be achieved. ‘’

A Radio Nigeria Correspondent, Mr. Chukwudi Chukwuenyem, said he would carry out phone-in programme in his organisation to boost sensitisation of the agency’s activities.

“We will also input these upcoming campaigns in the news so that people can avail themselves of the opportunity to access the interventions.’’

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Mr. Chris Azor, a Civil Society representative, said he would pass the information through every available means to ensure that all stakeholders and non stakeholders were well informed of the campaigns.

Present at the meeting include stakeholders representing National Orientation Agency, Rotary International, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra Broadcasting Service and National Light Newspapers.

Others are State Ministry of Basic Education, Ministry of Health, Anglican Communion, Awka District and Catholic Diocese of Nnewi.

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