Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Measles: Lagos to immunize 4 million children

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has said that the state has a target of immunizing about 4 million children against measles.

The commissioner urged parents and guardians to ensure that their wards between nine months to five years of age are taken to the health centre or designated post for the vaccination which started on January 28 to end on February 1, 2016.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, he stated that the exercise is the second phase of the Measles Follow-up Campaign, MFC, stating that, “Every child is expected to complete the routine immunization doses schedule before the age of 1 year; and equally take advantage of supplemental immunization doses such as the ongoing measles campaign to boost the immunity of the child against killer infections.

"Measles is one of the key childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through complete and effective vaccination. It is also good to remind ourselves that children do not need to die from the other Vaccine Preventable Diseases, VPDs, namely tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis and yellow fever.”

The goal of the campaign, he said, is to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity from measles infection among children between nine months to five years of age, and immunize at least 95 per cent of eligible children with measles antigen in all the 20 local government areas and local council development areas irrespective of previous immunization status.

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