Nigeria loses 200,000 children annually from diseases that can be prevented with vaccines


The United Nations Children’s Fund has said about 200,000 children in Nigeria die annually from diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.

The Development Consultant of UNICEF in Imo State, Barbara Nonso, who disclosed this on Saturday, urged women to always recognise when sick children needed treatment outside their homes and to take them for treatments.

Nonso spoke at a programme meant to improve the knowledge of parents and caregivers on essential family practices as stated by UNICEF.

The state Director of the agency, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, while addressing the women at the Maria Asumpta Cathedral Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Imo Province I, Owerri, explained that  essential family practices, which included exclusive breast-feeding, was conceived by UNICEF for the protection and survival of babies against killer disease.

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