The Enugu State Government says it is targeting no fewer than 381,572 children in its statewide free Rotavirus Intensification Vaccination Campaign for children between six weeks and 12 months.
The Rotavirus vaccination was before now being administered in private health facilities at a whooping cost of N7,000 per oral dose drop and a child needed three oral dose drops within a space of some weeks.
Dr George Ugwu, the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA) disclosed this on Thursday during a stakeholders’ meeting on introduction of Rotavirus vaccination among other routine immunizations in the state.
Ugwu noted that the introduction of the vaccination would be heralded by the week-long Rotavirus Intensification Vaccination Campaign starting from Saturday, Dec. 3 and there might be a mop if need be to capture more children.
"We have truly moved from curative to preventive medicine in Enugu State by the state's deliberate and intensified childhood vaccination as well as adding new vaccines to further fortify all children living within the state.
“We are grateful to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for approving and funding this Rotavirus vaccination campaign to get to all children free-of-charge and ensuring that all children below 12 months partake in it in all nooks and crannies of the state.
"We appreciate the Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other health partners for this new feat and sustaining all efforts being made by Gov. Ugwuanyi to reduce the health burden of families in the state,” he said.
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