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Alhaji Muhammad Mustapha, the District head of Yola in Adamawa, has urged parents to immunise their children against killer diseases.
Mustapha made the call during the flag off of the 2021 First Round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week on Monday in Yola.
He warned parents who are in the habit of rejecting immunisation, to make their children available for the exercise or else leave Yola.
“Immunisation of our children is very important and anybody found sabotaging the exercise or denying his children should either leave Yola or face the wrath of the law.
“Because children are gifts from God, we must make sure to protect them from all sort of illnesses.
“I don’t see any reason why some parents will deny their children to be immunised, such parents do not deserve to live in our midst,” he said.
He directed all village and ward heads to ensure that everyone under their domain participated in the exercise, and report any case of objection to him.
In his address, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, said his administration had implemented a lot of transformations especially in the health sector.
Fintiri, represented by his Chief of Staff, Maxwell Gidado, said that the provision of healthcare was among his administration’s 11- point agenda.
“The implementation of the 2021 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week is another decision to improve health and wellbeing of people of the people.
“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the roll out of the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination has been added to the 2021 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week.
“Adamawa has received 72,260 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for administration to the general public, aged 18 and above; who have not been previously vaccinated for coronavirus,” he said.
In his remarks, Dr. Sulaiman Bashir, Executive Chairman, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the service provided include vitamin ‘A’ supplementation, routine immunisation, de-worming, screening for malnutrition and family planning.
Others he said include, antenatal care for pregnant women as well as information and counselling on key household practices such as exclusive breastfeeding among others.

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