INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board has made known its intention to vaccinate more than 50,000 children in order to reduce the number of rotavirus-related deaths that occur each year in the state.
This was revealed by Mrs. Clara Owojuyigbe, Director of Health Education and Health Promotion Services at LSPHCB, on Monday at a conference held in Alausa, Ikeja.
Owojuyigbe, who was represented by the board’s assistant director, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Finnih, pointed out that all infants will receive the vaccination orally at six, ten, and fourteen weeks of age.
She said, “The introduction of rotavirus vaccination is aimed at averting over 50,000 children’s death from the disease annually and would be given orally to all infants at the age of six weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks old.
“The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, with the support of development partners, is conducting a statewide immunization campaign against rotavirus from Friday, 25th to Wednesday, 30th November 2022 at various Primary Healthcare Centres and designated outreaches across the state.”
Dr. Bello Bakunawa, a Principal Medical Officer representing the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the initiative’s various stakeholders were crucial because they represented different communities in Lagos State that would need to be included in the rotavirus vaccination program.