By CHIOMA OBINNA
IKEJA—In its effort to reduce child mortality in the state, Lagos State Government, yesterday, said it had introduced a new set of vaccines, which would immunise newborns and children against the five childhood killer-diseases.
Speaking at the flag off the first round of the Child of the 2012 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, MNCH, week in Lagos, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, said the new vaccine, pentavalent vaccine, is a combination of five vaccines in one.
Adeshina, who said the MNCH week, Child Health Week, will take place from June 18 to 22, added that the new additional vaccine will protect children from Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae and tetanus.
She said the new vaccine would go a long way to prevent vaccine shortage in the state and improve child health in the country.
She said: “Before now, we had three to four different vaccines that were given to children and sometimes, there would be a shortage of one or more vaccines. With pentavalent vaccine, a child only needs to take one shot, which would help protect him or her from the five childhood killer-diseases.”
She said the shortage in vaccine at primary health care centres in the state in the past year was due to the transition from the old vaccines to the new one, adding that the pentavalent was a more productive one.