To ensure full coverage of the state in the national measles immunisation exercise taking place nationwide, the Jigawa State government has extended the duration of the exercise by two days.
The Director Primary Health Care Agency in the state, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim, who stated this yesterday, said that the state government and the facilitators have agreed to use the additional two days to achieve the target.
Dr. Ibrahim explained, “We targeted to achieve 96 per cent coverage of 1.5 million children targeted to be vaccinated during the exercise as of the last day of the exercise period (yesterday) some teams achieved less than the targeted percentage.”
“Some teams in some local government areas achieved between 92 to 93 per cent, so that is why we extended the period of the exercise by two days to cover the remaining percentage.”
He described the measles immunisation exercise as best ever conducted in the state, adding that “what we planned for Thursday was that all the 1,440 teams would go round their areas to locate the children that were missed during the initial exercise and then by yesterday Friday some selected teams were to go areas of coverage where they had encounter problems and complete the exercise”.
Ibrahim maintained that the extension of the exercise by two days would not cost the state any extra money adding that the agency only uses the usual two days make-up of any of such exercises as additional days for dissemination of vaccine to missing children.
Primary Health Care Agency Director therefore commended the traditional and religious leaders for their support and assistant toward the success of the exercise.

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