Adamawa State Ministry of Health and State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with WHO and other partners begins first Oral Cholera vaccination campaign in Fufore Local Government Area

By | February 19, 2019

Adamawa State Ministry of Health and State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with WHO and other partners begins first Oral Cholera vaccination campaign in Fufore Local Government Area
The first round of the 2-phase oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign was officially flag-off today at the District Head of Ribadu palace. The vaccination campaign, is going to be implemented from 19th to 22nd February 2019 and is also the first ever cholera vaccination exercise in the LGA, following the release of 288,331 doses of OCV by International Coordinating Group (ICG).
The Executive Secretary of Fufore PHC Authority Mal Saeed Yahaya said Since the confirmation of cholera outbreak in the LGA in August 2018, a swift outbreak response has been taken by State and partners including active house-to-house case search, case management and WASH activities to ensure the outbreak is controlled timely, he added, “Although 687 cases have been recorded with 7 deaths, oral cholera vaccination campaign at this point will help to stem the tide of the future outbreak”
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera and remains a global threat to public health.
The state acting coordinator W.H.O Mr. Abdulrahman Pela said part of its health emergencies response strategy, WHO is leading other health partners to support the state to conduct the vaccination exercise. “Although, the outbreak has been officially declared close by the state, the OCV Campaign is hoped to improve the immune system that will prevent future outbreak
Presently, with funding support from GAVI Alliance, WHO is providing technical support to the health authorities at the state, LGA and communities levels to ensure quality implementation of the vaccination exercise. Preparatory for the campaign, WHO in collaboration with Adamawa state Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and partners, developed micro plans for the campaign, trained and engaged more than 1851 personnel including 231 vaccination teams, supervisors, recorders and community engagers respectively.
In her remarks the Executive Chairperson Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Dr. Batulu Isa Muhammad thanks all partners that works tirelessly to the campaign exercise is successful and call on traditional and religious leaders to encourage their subjects to get vaccinated.
Other personalities that grace the ceremony include District Head of Gurin, Rep. National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Directors from State ministry of health and primary health care development agency and partners.