The United Nations Children’s Fund has mentioned in recent research that no fewer than 1.2 million children in Nigeria are yet to be immunized with the polio vaccine.
This 1.2 million account to close to six percent of 20 million children globally who are yet to be vaccinated also.
UNICEF’s Communication Officer, Folashade Adebayo, revealed these findings in a press conference at Yola state on Wednesday. The meeting was organized by the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with UNICEF.
Adebayo stated that over 20 million children have not been vaccinated at which is putting them in great danger, adding that, about six percent of them in Nigeria are basically missing out on vital vaccines. She said that this position really called for serious attention on the part of the parents to take the issue of immunization of their children seriously at this point time.
“Improving survival and well-being of our children matters most here, the direct or underlying cause of 45 percent of all deaths of under-five children is immunization.
“Nigeria has the second-highest burden of stunted children in the world, 2.7 million other children are wasted.
“Also the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain it are worsening,” she said.