The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has said that over 600,000 children were not immunized against childhood killer diseases in three northern states, Jigawa, Katsina and Kano.
Mr. Rahama Farah, the UNICEF Chief of the Field Office, Kano State, made this known in Kano during a media briefing on the UNICEF State of the World Children’s (SOWC) 2023: Immunization and Zero Dose situation in Kano Field Office states.
According to him, Kano state has the highest number of unimmunized children with over 300,000 children, representing 55 per cent.
He said Immunization is the basic right of a child, adding that UNICEF is much concerned about the health of children in the country, adding that children died globally because they don’t have access to disease prevention.
“This is a major concern for us in Nigeria and Kano in particular,” he said.
In her contributions, Abimbola Aman-Olaniyo, UNICEF Health Specialist, said if children were not immunized, they were vulnerable to preventable diseases and prone to outbreaks, just as she reminded them of the recent outbreak of Diphtheria in Kano and Cerebrospinal meningitis in Jigawa
According to her, UNICEF planned to reach 250, 985 children in Kano, as well as 154,768 and 94,060 children in Katsina and Jigawa states, respectively for the year 2023 to reduce the zero-dose children.