With 20 million infants missing measle vaccination in 2015, the Lagos state government has begun measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3.6 million children across the state.
The permanent secretary, Lagos state Primary Healthcare Board, Mrs Iyabo Are, at a one day media orientation meeting on measles vaccination campaign for Journalists in Lagos State, said the state government is targeting 95 per cent of under five children to be vaccinated in this year measles campaign.
Are said 50 per cent of measles cases in the world are found in just six countries and Nigeria is having the lion’s share. She said, “We still have too many unvaccinated children and as you know measles is a killer disease. It is important we try to eradicate it and the way to do this is to attain 95 per cent immunization.
“We need to get to the hard to reach areas. We need to get to children living in the offshore places and some small group of Lagosians that always resist immunization for their children. We need to penetrate all these places if we must attain the 95 per cent.”
Immunization Specialist, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Charles Nwosisi said the state would achieve 95 per cent coverage due to the new innovations put in place by the state government.
Nwosisi said at all levels, coordination for a successful measles campaign has been strengthened with a national, state, local government area level measles technical coordination group made up of all government agencies and its partners like UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO).
Speaking on the new innovation introduced by the Lagos state government, he said the state will use house to house mobilizers, increase the number of vaccination days to six, and the state also provided counterpart fund for additional teams and extra day for mop up.
Nwosisi said the campaign will be conducted in two phases, phase one to be conducted from the 15th to 22nd of March, 2018 and phase two to take off from 22nd to 29th of March, 2018.
He said special teams will go to hard to reach, riverine, nomadic settlements, prisons, inter-local government areas, inter-states, and international boarders.
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