C'River Health Commissioner Advocates For Community Participation, Targeted Micro-Planning To Improve Immunization Outcomes

May 3, 2024 - 16:15
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C'River Health Commissioner Advocates For Community Participation, Targeted Micro-Planning To Improve Immunization Outcomes

By Ebi COLLINS  

The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Egbe Ayuk, has advocated for inclusive participation to improve immunization coverage in the State. 

Flagging off the 50th anniversary of Expanded Programme on Immunization in the State, recently, at Primary Health Center, Diamond Hill Calabar, the Commissioner appealed to stakeholders to activate a more inclusive agenda for community participation in targeted planning for immunization efforts in communities. 

He encouraged mothers to be in the vanguard of safeguarding the future of their children through compliance with guidelines on vaccine uptake.

Earlier, the Director General of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Vivian Otu appreciated the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners for their support and assured Cross Riverians and residents of the State of Governor Otu-led administration's commitment to improving access to vaccines and increase coverage of uptake.

The 50th anniversary of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in 2024 provides a pivotal occasion to celebrate the programme's achievements, highlight its impact on lives saved, and catalyze renewed efforts to strengthen routine immunization initiatives.

The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), an initiative launched by the World Health Organization in 1974, stands as a global endeavour to ensure equitable access to life-saving vaccines for every child, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status.