Over 120 women have benefited from free immunisation and health sensitization outreach, organised by Civil Society Platform on Health (CSPH) in Tunga Maje in Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT.
The women, comprising of pregnant and nursing mothers, were educated on the importance of immunization particularly with regards to the five-killer childhood diseases of measles, hepatitis, cholera, polio and malaria. Speaking at the event, the FCT Coordinator, Civil Society Network on Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN), Ibecheole Julius, said the exercise, which was part of the activities marking this year’s World Immunization Week, was aimed at bridging the gap between the community and the facilities where they ought to be accessed.
“The programme afforded us the opportunity to find out the numerous challenges the residents face in accessing the facilities as well as their level of awareness of the programme,” he said.
While commending the women, who came out in their numbers for their interest in the exercise, Ibecheole, who is also the Project Director, Elohim Foundation, urged those who are yet to take advantage of the opportunity to see it as important, not just for themselves, but for their vulnerable children. One of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Amina decried the difficulty they encounter in accessing the facilities as a result of the distance between their residences and where the facilities are located. She however expressed appreciation to the organisation for the gesture, pledging to share the lessons she had drawn from the outreach with those in her neighborhood.