Ebonyi targets 557, 000 children, 139, 000 pregnant women, others in immunization exercise
Ebonyi State government yesterday said it was targeting a total of 557,000 children, 139,000 pregnant women and 613, 000 women of child bearing age for the state’s immunization exercise.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike stated this at Ugbodo, the headquarters of Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi State during the flag-off of second round of maternal/ newborn child health week in the state.
He noted that de-worming and vitamin A tablets will be given to children between 0-59 months while 139,000 pregnant women will be given free HIV counseling. According to him, the best way of managing HIV is prevention and the best way of attaining prevention is HIV counseling and testing.
“When somebody knows his or her status, the person can access care if it is positive and know that it is not the end of life. If the person is negative, the person becomes more careful.
“Women of child bearing age and children of less than 5 years are supposed to present themselves to primary health care centres nearest to them and get all these intervention commodities free of charge”, he said.
Umezurike explained that the essence of the immunization was to reduce maternal mortality.
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