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WHO trains Idemili South workers on menengitis immunization



THE World Health Organization (WHO), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) in collaboration with Anambra State Ministry of Health trained Nurses on administration of Meningitis vaccine as a routine immunization.

The training which took place today at the Idemili South Local Government Area (IDSLGA) council hall included health workers from both public and private health facilities.

Speaking during the workshop, the WHO Local Government facilitator, Mr. Unamba Valentine said that the training was necessary because the vaccine called Meningococcala A (Men A) would be introduced in routine immunization.

“We are training health workers on the introduction of the Meningococcala A Conjugate vaccine in routine immunization. It was formally a campaign immunization- but starting from later this August 2019 it will be part of routine immunization.

“Campaign immunization comes up occasionally when the need arises but routine immunization is mandatory for every caregiver to take the child at a particular age to a health facility for inoculation”, Unamba said.

Unamba said that henceforth every child that is nine months old would be receiving Men A in routine immunization adding that infants within 13months would benefit from this initial flag off.

He said that Nigeria falls within the meningitis belt and that makes it important for every 9 months child receives the vaccine to avoid contacting the deadly air borne disease.

Unamba said that major symptoms of meningitis include the patient running fever above 38 degrees Celsius and stiffness of neck and partial consciousness.

Earlier the HOD Health IDSLGA, Mrs. Uche Francisca said that the Social Mobilization Officer, Mrs. Okpala Jane has been sensitizing the caregivers through churches, Women’s meetings about the introduction of Men A in routine immunization.

She assured that her staff and those in the private sector would assimilate the information passed during the training and apply them appropriately as professionals.

Moreover the Local Immunization officer IDSLGA, Mrs. Ude Martha said it was the first time it would be introduced as routine immunization saying that it would be available at every facility for free.

“We shall be giving Men A together with Yellow fever and measles vaccine once the child is 9 months. After child delivery and mother register for immunization it will reflect in the immunization card.

The training includes how to access, store, and administer the vaccine. Also the Prevention, diagnoses, and where to access treatment of Meningitis disease were part of the workshop.

The nurses were told to notify the authorities as soon as they identify any possible meningitis case.

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