The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has enrolled 7,000 zero-dose children in Yobe State’s Gulani and Geidam local government areas for free healthcare treatments.
The Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) is collaborating on the program.
Dr Muhammad Lawan Gana, Yobe State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, announced this during a one-day stakeholders’ meeting.
Children aged 12 to 23 months who have not gotten their first dose of diphtheria, tetanus, BCG, polio, meningococcal, and pertussis-containing vaccine (DPT-1) are considered zero-dose children, according to him.
“Through the partnership with UNICEF,” he added, “3,500 children from each area will be covered with a pre-payment plan to access primary and secondary healthcare services in all YSCHMA-accredited and engaged health facilities across the selected local government areas.”