Go To Desktop Site
Custom Search

Kwara Govt to commence tetanus vaccination in 10 LGAs

Date: 2019-10-08

 

The Kwara Government says it will commence tetanus vaccination in 10 local government areas of the state from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16.

Dr Michael Oguntoye, the state Director of Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health, announced this during a meeting of stakeholders on Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Campaign in Kwara.

Oguntoye noted that the vaccination would take place in local government areas that are volatile to the disease, including Asa, Baruten, Edu, Ilorin East, Ilorin West, Irepodun, Moro, Oke Ero, Oyun and Patigi.

The epidemiologist added that the state government had earlier paid its counterpart funding to support primary healthcare delivery in the state, which made it possible to commence series of intervention programmes on child killer diseases.

According to him, the programme would cover girls, women and pregnant mothers who are between ages 15 and 49 years.

He also stated added that it would involve use of fixed and temporary posts such as identified health facilities, schools, churches, mosques, traditional rulers palaces, motor parks and markets.

Dr Bankole Olugbenga, of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, explained that tetanus is one of the six child killer diseases in Nigeria.

He described it a serious disease caused by a bacterial toxin that affects nervous system.

He added that it leads to painful muscle contractions, particularly of jaw (locked jaw) and neck muscles, while it can interfere with ability to breathe and can threaten life.

Olugbenga observed that neonatal tetanus is the leading cause of death in developing countries, such as Nigeria, where a high proportion of deliveries take place at home or in places where hygienic conditions may be poor.

The expert said that inadequate maternal vaccination contributes to the occurrence of the disease, saying that tetanus elimination needs continuous vaccination programmes because the spores are widespread in soil and faeces.

He said: "Newly born baby with tetanus has normal ability to suck and cry during the first two days of life and will be unable to suck normally and become stiff or has spasms between two and 28 days of age."

He warned that maternal tetanus, occurring during pregnancy or within six weeks of the end of pregnancy, can result in miscarriage or abortion. (NAN)

Source


Recent Posts

University of Ilorin signs MoU with Korean University

Sanitation: Gov Abdulrazaq inaugurates committee to clean up Ilorin in 72 hours

Ahmed becomes controller, Kwara Customs Command

Kwara Increases Students' Bursary from N100m to N200m

OPINION: Oba Abu @72: The Celebration of a Paragon! By Abubakar Imam

Kwara Gov releases new commissioner-nominees’ list

Profile of New Commissioner Nominees

KWSG Sends Six More Commissioner Nominees to KWHA

Court Remands 52-year-old Man Over Alleged N500, 000 Theft in Ilorin

Farmers remanded in prison over alleged culpable homicide in Ilorin

Kwara takes custody of housemaids injured with knife

Beware of scammers, PTAD warns pensioners

Unilorin VC Professor Age explains how luck saved him from pure water business


Most Popular

Profile of New Commissioner Nominees

Kwara govt. queries 200 civil servants for dereliction of duties

FULL TEXT: Independence Day speech by President Buhari

Kwara to hold independent negotiations with workers

Kwara Gov releases new commissioner-nominees’ list

Minimum wage: NLC state chairmen meet Tues, talks with govs begin

OPINION: Muritala Awodun; The Maigida ‘Star Boy’ By Tajudeen Habeeb

Ilorin communities get solar-powered boreholes

Kwara receives N3.5 billion as federal allocation

Locally produced rice receives low consumption rate in Kwara

Kwara Gov Visits Mexican Ambassador

Ripples! as Kwara government strips Saraki of Alimi chalet

Tinubu, Mohammed, Abdulrazaq, Oyedepo, others for Omu-Aran Day 2019