By Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
An international NGO, Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) has called on Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that girl in hard to reach areas are immunized.
A statement issue and signed by Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator of CHR Asma’u Ahmad Rufa’i, made available to newsmen yesterday in Bauchi, said its Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba call on the Federal Government through the Nigerian Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole to ensure that girls in hard to reach areas are not left behind and that all girls have access to important vaccines such as the Tetanus, Rubella and the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine, which offers protection against 70% of incidences of Cervical Cancer, which claims the lives of an estimated 266,000 women and girls a year.
The statement issued, when the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, and CHR is joining other organizations in over ten countries in Africa in launching the 33 Days to Power Up Immunization Campaign.
The statement said, the campaign seeks to hold governments accountable for the multiple promises they have made to support Immunization. In 2016, the continent marked significant achievements of interrupting the near elimination of Meningococcal Meningitis, A epidemic and the significant reduction in disease burden and child mortality due to Measles.