Healthcare Agency to flag off pneumonia vaccination in Kwara

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is to flag off vaccination against pneumonia in Kwara State next month.

The Deputy Director of the Agency, Hajia Binta Ismail disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking with VON correspondent in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital on the backdrop of the flag off of pneumonia vaccination in the state.

Hajia Binta Ismail noted that the Agency in collaboration with the state Ministry of health and United Nations Children Emergency Fund had started a sensitisation programme to enlighten people on the vaccination.

The Deputy Director said that Community and religious leaders have been involved to assist the Agency in educating the people of the state on the programme, while health practitioners had also been trained to administer the vaccines.

Hajia Ismail stated that the burden of pneumonia is very high in the country and prevalence among the children under the age of two to five years and elderly people which prompted the federal government to introduce pneumococcal congregate vaccine to prevent the disease.

According to her, the pilot scheme will be carried out in two local governments in the state, Ilorin West and Edu local governments in all the Primary healthcare centres and called on all local governments to queue into the programme.

Hajia Ismail therefore appealed to media professionals, organisations, relevant stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organisations to sensitise members of the public on pneumonia.

The Agency Official however called on the state government and other donor Agencies to assist with provision of funds to facilitate the programme for it to become successful in the state.