Save the Children tackles polio through routine immunization in Katsina state

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Calls on government to commit more resources for immunization

Save the Children has been working in Katsina state to eradicate polio and contribute towards the polio eradication initiative embarked upon by the government of Nigeria.

Speaking during his visit on an assessment tour of States implementing Save the Children’s programs and interventions, the Country Director for the Nigeria Country Programme, Ben Foot expressed satisfaction and happiness with the work done by the Core Group Partnership Project in Katsina State.

The Core Group Partnership project (CGPP) aims to contribute to eradication of Polio in Katsina state & Contribute to Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria and also contribute to a reduction in Morbidity and Mortality from Vaccine Preventative Diseases (VPDs)

Ben Foot also led the team from Save the Children to immunize children brought to the Outreach sessions held by Save the Children Community volunteers in Rimi LGA.

He expressed satisfaction with the work been done so far and encouraged mothers and care givers to make sure their children receive the appropriate immunization from vaccine preventable diseases in Katsina State.

Also speaking about the work been done by the project, the State Project Manager for the CGPP project in Katsina State, Mr. Ahmad Abubakar said, “As you can see, today we were able to immunize 61 children with Pentha vaccine, and we gave polio immunization to about 93 children here today”, he said.

He stated that community volunteers whom Save the Children works with are responsible for mobilising women to the site (compound) where women are taught about health issues, nutrition, about exclusive breast feeding and the importance of Anti Natal care (ANC). More children are reached in this compound compared to what its been reached in the hospitals, he said.

Speaking during a meeting with program staff, Ben Foot while addressing staff of the organisation after the field visit stressed the need for the government to commit resources and funds towards immunization and nutrition in the State.

“Government needs to do more in making sure all the work done by Save the Children via immunization and provision of vaccines continues at the end of the project. We need to let them know that we are here to support them but not to bail them out”, he said.

Through the intervention of the Core Group Polio partnership project, 353,891 Children have been immunized during as at December, 2016as against the cumulative monthly targets of 356,603 thus achieving the IPDs coverage of 100%.

Also, the project has been able to resolve 5480  cases of Non compliance to routine immunization (1425 in Funtua, 855 in Katsina, 1130 in Batsari  and 2069 in Rimi LGAs) as a result of efforts from our community volunteers and Senior Supervisors during October - December, 2016 IPDs

The project has also provided Routine Immunization (RI) Support in 50 Health Facilities in 4 CGPP intervention LGAs: Katsina LGA  - 18 Health Facilities, Funtua LGA  -  22 Health Facilities, Batsari LGA  -  5 Health Facilities, Rimi LGA - 5 Health Facilities.

CGPP supports each health facility to conduct 1 fixed and 1 outreach RI sessions each week and also supports Social mobilization activities as well. Save the Children has been working in Katsina state via the Core Group Partnership project by Providing Support to Routine Immunization (RI) and Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA). The CGPP project will be improving Routine Immunization Outreaches in all Health facilities (50 Health Facilities) supported in 4 Intervention LGAs in the next quarter and also improving Routine Immunization Fix sessions in all Health facilities (50 Health Facilities) supported in 4 Intervention LGAs in before July 2017.