The recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted by the Government of Nigeria in 2016/17 shows that only 1 in 4 children in the country receive all the recommended vaccines.
According to the report ,immunization coverage for pentavalent vaccine between the 36 states varies dramatically from 80% in Lagos to 3% in Sokoto and is still below the recommended goal of 90% in all of them .
UNICEF made the disclosure in a statement signed by Eva hinds,communication specialist with UNICEF.
The report shows that Nigeria has made great strides in reducing deaths of under 5-year-old children from 158 to 120 per 1000 births between 2011 and 2016.
However , during the same period, the coverage of the main vaccines offered through routine immunization has declined. The recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted by the Government of Nigeria in 2016/17 shows that 4 .3 million children in Nigeria still miss out on vaccinations every year.
The representative of UNICEF Nigeria ,Mohammed Fall disclosed that
Children who have never been vaccinated are at the greatest risk of contracting diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and tetanus, which may be fatal or lead to long-term debilitating effects on survivors.
“Poverty,overcrowding, poor hygiene and sanitation as well as insufficient nutrition and healthcare increase the risk of diseases such as pneumonia and measles; diseases that are easily preventable with vaccines”
He further said that all children have a right to vaccination as it helps in safeguarding their health.
“All girls and boys, no matter where they live or what their situations are, have the right to survive and thrive, safe from deadly diseases,”
“Vaccination acts as a shield, keeping families and communities safe. By vaccinating children, we are protecting the most vulnerable members of the communities.”