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Only 1 in 4 Nigerian Children Receive Recommended Vaccines - Unicef




Only 1 in 4 Nigerian Children Receive Recommended Vaccines - Unicef

The United Nations International Children's Fund, UNICEF, has said only 1 in 4 children in Nigeria receive all recommended vaccines.

It also said that though 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. the coverage of the main vaccines offered through routine immunization has declined.

A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by UNICEF Nigeria's Communication Officer, Eva Hinds, said: "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.

"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 global goal of 90% in all of them.

"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.



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