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Immunization: Parents urged to save children from malnutrition

By Chidi Nkwopara
No fewer than 35 cases of malnourishment have been recorded in the 27 local government areas of Imo State, as the second round Child Health Week progressed.

The State Immunization Officer, Mr. Adolphus Okoro, disclosed this to Vanguard while monitoring the exercise in Mbaitoli local government area of the state.

Okoro, who led a team of health workers and UNICEF officials during the monitoring exercise, also appealed to parents to adequately feed their children to avoid malnutrition.

The State Immunization Officer maintained that the level of malnourishment determines whether the child would be hospitalized or simply given therapeutic foods.

Answering a question, Mr. Okoro said that all the identified severe cases of malnutrition have been referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, for immediate medical intervention.

Continuing, Mr. Okoro said that the whole idea of the Child Health Week is to make sure that children do not die as a result of preventable diseases, including malnutrition.

He passionately appealed to mothers to always present their under-five children for immunization, stressing that even after the exercise, mothers should access these health facilities in designated health centres for routine immunization of their children.


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