No fewer than 110, 048 children were immunized during the last round of immunization against the polio virus in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State, northwestern Nigeria. Alhaji Suraj Muhammad, the Manager, National Program on Immunization (NPI) in the state stated.
Muhammad said that the council received enough doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) for the smooth conduct of the exercise. He commended religious and traditional leaders in the council for their support at ensuring the success of the immunization program.
The manager further commended the local government for its support for the successful conduct of the exercise and expressed satisfaction at the impressive turnout of children during the exercise, and commended parents for their full cooperation. Polio eradication has historically faced tough resistance among residents mostly in the north of the country where people often feared that the vaccine came with a side effect: to render young girl children infertile in a bid to control population.
About 3.6 million people inhabit Jigawa State. Life expectancy as at 2001 was about 52 years with a total fertility rate of about 6.2 children per woman of childbearing age (a little above the national average). Although population of the State is predominantly rural (90%), the distribution in terms of sex is almost equal between male (50.8%) and female (49.2%).
In terms of age distribution, the 2002 CWIQ Survey indicates that 45.2% of the population was made up of young people below the age of 15; 49.0% between the ages of 15 and 59 while 5.8% were people aged 60 and above. This survey reveals a dependency ratio of almost 1; meaning that there is almost one dependent to every economically active person in the population.
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