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Saturday, March 03, 2018

An Estimated 1.2m Children Set To Be Vaccinated Against Measles

The Anambra State Government has concluded arrangement for the vaccination of no fewer than One million, one hundred and sixty nine thousand, eight hundred children (1,169,800)under the 2018 Measles Vaccination campaign in the State. 

Dr Nnamdi Uliagbafusi who is the Head of department, Immunization and Diseases Control, of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA), disclosed this at press briefing on measles vaccination campaign sensitization in Awka.

He stated that the state government has approved and released the sum of N27.4millon as its counterpart contribution for the exercise which has been slated to kick off March 8 to 20, 2018 all over the 179 communities of the State. It would also take place at some fixed posts in Public health facilities, mission and select private health facilities, temporary fixed posts like schools, churches, markets and mosques”, Dr Uliagbafusi stated.

He pointed out that the exercise earlier scheduled to commence 1 March 2018 was shifted to give room for proper planning/implementation and further awareness, urged mothers and caregivers to take their children to the designated posts for proper vaccination within the specified days.

He used the opportunity to dispel unfounded stories about negative effects generated by the rumored monkey pox vaccination in the state.

He appreciated the media for assisting in refuting the report, appealing for further supports in the area of public enlightenment.

Also, the State coordinator, World health organization (WHO) office, Dr. Willy Onuorah said the interest of the organization was to ensure that no child was omitted in the exercise, saying it is working in teams comprising of seven officers.

“We are not carrying out the campaign because we have enough money to spend or enough drugs to dispense, but our campaign is based on evidence,” he said.

He described vaccination as the most effective way of tackling the disease among children, saying “vaccine is 99% safe, remove vaccination, over 25% children would be prone to measles.”

By Chuks Collins

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