A one day-round table interactive meeting organized by the Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) has ended in Minna, Niger state
capital with a call for the harmonization of all Primary Health Care (PHC) for maximum benefits to targeted audience at the grassroots levels.
The participants during the meeting which took place at Doko International Hotel, Minna, observed that due to lack of harmonization of activities, some communities are visited for same vaccination by two different groups.
When vaccines to control a particular ailment, for example; polio or any of the six child killer diseases were administered more than expected it could lead to overdose and this they said poses serious danger for such a community.
The participants also expressed worry over too much focus and attention on polio eradication even when the government has confirmed that Nigeria has attained a hundred percent polio free status in the past few months.
Little or nothing is heard about the cause, control and management of such diseases as sickle cell anemia, this participants argued is unhealthy and focusing attention on other diseases would go a long way in guaranteeing desired health system for all.
The Permanent Secretary, Niger state Ministry of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Tiffiny who was represented by, Dr. James Kolo commended the organizers of the round table interactive session on ‘Africa Vaccination Week’, a regional initiative led and coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for contributing to the health needs of the state.
Dr. Tiffiny however said he is optimistic that with strong routine immunization series of campaign against the six childhood killer diseases will be a thing of the past and therefore called for collaborative effort at actualizing quality and affordable health care for all in the state.
Papers were presented on topical issues on routine immunization indicators’ performance during the meeting which was organised in partnership with Niger state SPHCDA on how to improve on the overall health needs of the state by professionals in primary health care delivery system.
Daniel Amasingha-Minna and Chika Nwabueze, Lagos