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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed all the six area council chairmen in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take up the challenge and be part of the ongoing measles elimination campaign.

In a keynote address at the flag-off ceremony of the February 2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign in Abuja yesterday, the secretary, FCT- Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Barrister Elizabeth Amanda Pam, urged the chairmen to be personally involved in supporting and supervising the measles vaccination campaign. Pam also called on the area council chairmen to ensure the release of area council counterpart funds, at least two weeks prior to any immunization campaigns and ever three months for routine immunisation.

She maintained that the administration places high priority to the goal of measles elimination in Nigeria and has achieved much, particularly in expanding immunisation services to the rural
communities.

The secretary of health also called on royal fathers, religious leaders, managers of estates and nursery/primary schools, as well as all stakeholders in the FCT, to continue to support the administration to provide better health for all residents.

Earlier in an address, the acting executive secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board (FCT-PHCB), Dr Matthew Ashikeni, had explained that vaccination campaign, scheduled from 10th to 22nd February, would cover schools, housing estates, places of worship and other places, to
ensure that no child is missed.

Ashikeni disclosed that a total of 3998 settlements had been earmarked, while 1171 vaccination teams and 185 special teams are expected to work in 269 fixed posts and 2078 temporary posts.
He revealed that Nigeria tops the list of countries with unvaccinated children from measles with 3.3 million children, followed by India with 2.9 million, Pakistan – 2.0 million, Indonesia – 1.2 million, Ethiopia – 0.9 million, while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
has 0.7 million cases.

 



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