A four-day immunisation plus exercise for children between ages 0-59 months commenced in Abaji Area Council on Tuesday and is expected to be rounded off tomorrow.
Speaking yesterday on the exercise, the council’s chairman, Alhaji Yahaya Musa, said the council was unable to participate in the just concluded exercise in the territory because the council was attending to another health challenge in some villages. “I was astonished when I read in the media that the council pulled out of the exercise because it refused to release mobilization fund for the exercise. People have forgotten that FCTA named the council as the best during last year’s exercise,’’ he said.
He said there was a disease imported to some villages in the council from neighboring states and that the council was trying to address the case when the general immunization exercise started. “We then decided to solve the problem first before starting our own exercise and we have actually started since Tuesday. In fact, we are meeting more than our target as many households including traditional rulers are embracing the exercise,’’ he said. He assured that the council will continue to pay attention to the basic needs of the residents of the area and called on the media to always cross check their facts before going to the press.
Speaking on the exercise, the Abaji manager of the National Programe on Immunization (NPI), Dr. Magaji Basil, said there were enough drugs for the programme, which will also focus on schools and religious houses to meet the targeted children. He said the council was rated best during the last year’s immunization exercise, adding that the council is still determined to maintain the status despite the little challenges and delay in commencing the exercise in the area. Also, a statement by the Press Secretary to the council’s chairman, Salihu Umar Kombo, said the exercise was being supervised by the representative of the executive secretary of the FCT primary health care board, Dr Gadzama Akpa, who has so far expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise in the area.
The statement said Akpa commended the council for carrying out adequate mobilization as well as providing enough personnel and drugs for the exercise. It added that a representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Ohama Larry, said the council has provided necessary logistics that would enable the programme reach the targeted children in all parts of the council area.