The Abia State Primary Health Development Agency said several children were missed during the March national Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) in the state.

The Executive Director of the agency, Dr Chukwuemeka Oluoha, disclosed this in Umuahia on Thursday during a meeting between the Social Mobilisation Committee (SMC) and its collaborating partners.

Oluoha said that the meeting was to review the outcome of the March IPDs as well as chart a course for the successful coverage of next edition.

?We did well in the March IPDs with coverage of 128 per cent but there are still some challenges. Our administrative data for exercise said we did well but the monitoring data, which is what the national and collaborating agencies rely on rated us low.

?From the monitoring data, we discovered we had a lot of missed children in various wards of the state. People are saying they are not aware of the campaign,? Oluoha said.

The executive director was represented at the meeting by Mr John Onwugbufo, the State Immunisation Officer.

UNICEF Consultant in the state Ruth Andrew said the report of the last immunisation in the state was unacceptable to the agency.

Andrew said that such challenges had always occurred in Abia, particularly in border communities, stressing that much needed to be done to ensure that all children were immunised.

?One of the major challenges we highlighted in the March immunisation was the issue of missed children. In some wards, the case is above 35 per cent which is not encouraging to us,?? she said.

Andrew said that immunisation was the right of every child, adding health workers would endeavour to capture the missed children in the April edition.

?We call on caregivers and parents to make their children available for the forthcoming exercise for the sake of the children.

?If the state is not properly covered, we will have the risk of recording polio cases in no distant time,? Andrew said.

The second round of the IPDs will run from April 12 to April 15.


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