by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 400,000 children of Bauchi state, ages nine to 15 months, are to be vaccinated to prevent against measles outbreak as well as to boost their immune system.
Chairman of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Muhammad, disclosed this during the flagging-off of a one-week routine immunization in the state recently, at the Bayan Fada PHC in Bauchi metropolis.
Dr. Muhammad stated that the first dose of the vaccine would be given when the child is nine months old, while the second dose is four months later and also when the child would be one year three months old.
He explained that, a new vaccine, known as “booster,” has been introduced by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NAPHCDA), aimed at helping to boost the immune system of the children.
He urged mothers to ensure that their children received the vaccine, adding that, during the one-week exercise, health workers will go round the state to do the vaccination not only in the fixed centers but other centers, which are up to 525 across the state.
Dr. Muhammad stressed that, taking the vaccine does not mean that the child is immune from measles attack, but it will be mild because the booster vaccine will build up the immune system in the child.
He nevertheless warned women that would refuse to bring out their children for the vaccination, saying, that would cause problems for the children, including deafness, blindness and even death.
Speaking earlier, while briefing newsmen on introduction of the new measles vaccine booster, the Primary Health Care chairman commended NAPHCDA for always coming to the aid of the state by promptly supplying vaccines for child-killer diseases.