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Immunisation key to preventing childhood killer diseases – WHO

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By Muhammad Amaan

The World Health Organisation (WHO), said vaccination is imperative in the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases in children.

Dr Musa Mahdi, official of WHO in Plateau State said this on Tuesday in Jos during the commencement of the African Vaccination Week with the theme “Humanly Possible: Saving Lives Through Immunisation.”

The coordinator said that through vaccination, diseases such as small pox was eradicated globally.

He further said that vaccination reduced the burden of many vaccine preventable diseases.

He urged parents and guardians to ensure that their infants and toddlers were fully immunised, to help build herd immunity and prevent diseases in children.

Dr Raymond Juylit, the Executive Secretary, Plateau State Primary Health Care Board, encouraged parents and caregivers to always avail their infants and toddlers for immunisation.

Juylit, who was represented by the board’s Director of Disease Control and Immunisation, Dr Yakubu Izang, said “vaccination gives immunity against diseases and deaths that occur from such diseases.”

As part of activities to commemorate the week, health talks were given to mothers and a sensitisation walk was also held.

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