Kogi: 70,000 Children Targeted for Immunisation against Measles

No fewer than 654, 804 children aged between nine months and five years will be immunised during the March measles vaccination in Kogi, a World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant has said.

Dr Muhammad Salihu, a National Measles Consultant to WHO, made this known to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday, and said the exercise would last from March 1 to 13.

The consultant said that WHO had taken delivery of 720, 290 doses of vaccines required for the exercise.
Salihu who spoke at a one-day sensitisation programme for the media on the exercise, said it would hold simultaneously in all the 239 wards across the state.
He said the exercise would be handled by 614 teams of vaccinators and that it would hold at places of worship, markets, palaces, schools and health facilities across the state.
Also speaking, a facilitator, Dr Uzoma Ogbonna, said that the exercise would hold only in designated areas, adding that there was no resources to carry out house-to-house immunisation.

“We are using this to complement the routine immuniaation.
“Parents are advised not to wait; they should just walk down to the nearest health facility to immunise their children irrespective of previous immunisation,” he said.

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Author: Ebira Reporters