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Cross River targets 800,000 children for immunisation

Cross River targets 800,000 children for immunisation

The Cross River State government on Monday officially flagged off the modified integrated medical outreach programme with a target to reach out to over 800,000 women and children especially those in the hinterlands.

Governor Ben Ayade, who was represented by his deputy, Ivara Isu, at the flag-off of the modified integrated medical outreach programme in Calabar Municipal Council said the state would double its efforts in ensuring that no child dies of any preventable disease in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Betta Edu, in her remarks disclosed that the country and indeed Cross River state indices show that children under five years die of preventable disease.

She challenged primary health-care providers to ensure that children in the rural communities are reached through the programme.

She lamented that despite the efforts of both tiers of government, women and children are still dying of maternal and infant mortality.

Chairman, House Committee on Health, Ekpo Ekpo, said the Assembly is doing everything possible to step up the fight against infant mortality rate in the state.