Jigawa state government in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health has flagged off Cholera vaccination exercises as over 500 people are reported dead from the pandemic in the state.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony held at Baranda health facility, the Executive Secretary (ES), state primary healthcare agency, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim said, the state has received 1.4 million dosages of the cholera vaccine from Federal Ministry of Health.
The ES explained that, every eligible person is required to take two dosages of the vaccine within the period of three months and in view of this, they have targeted 720,000 people for the exercise.
He said, the exercise will be carried out in three local government area of the state, including: Dutse, Birninkudu and Hadejia.
“People from the age of one to above are eligible for the vaccination and will be administered at designated health facilities and other selected public places for accessibility.”
Dr Kabiru assured the public that, the vaccine is safe and reliable, while the state government has provided enough trained manpower and equipment required for the success of the exercise.
In his speech after taking the vaccine, the Emir of Dutse, His highness, Dr. Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi urged the public to accept the vaccine as its efficiency are of no doubt.
According to a report from the State Ministry of Health, over 500 people died while over 20,000 infected from the cholera outbreak started in the state from June to September this year.