Abuja - The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health have immunised schoolchildren against Hepatitis B and typhoid.
The exercise was conducted in primary schools across the 15 local government areas of the State.
Senior medical personnel from NDDC, Dr Jimmy Escor, said children in primary schools were vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
"It is for this reason that the NDDC joined hands with the state ministries of health in the Niger Delta States to immunize primary schoolchildren."
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He noted that primary schools captured the age-bracket that require the various stages of immunization and preventive health care.
Escor explained that since diseases spread easily when a large number of children were in close proximity, it was important to immunize them to prevent diseases from spreading.
Ekaete Udom, a nurse involved in the immunization exercise at the Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku in Uyo Local Government Area, commended the NDDC for donating the vaccines meant to save the children from communicable diseases.
She added that the immunization exercise would reduce child morbidity and mortality from Hepatitis B.
“The children are the future of any country. We must do everything within our power to take care of them and keep them safe from diseases,” she said.
- CAJ News