Anambra state approves N27.4 million for measles immunization

Tochukwu Ifejika, Awka

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Anambra State government has approved and released the sum of N27.4 million as its counterpart’s funds for the 2018 measles vaccination exercise.

The Head of department, immunization and disease control, Anambra State Primary Health care development agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Nnamdi Uliagbafusi disclosed this to newsmen during a press briefing on measles vaccination campaign sensitization in Awka, Anambra State.

He said the state is to vaccinate no fewer than 1,169,800 children under the 2018 measles vaccination campaign.

Proper planning
Dr Uliagbafusi said the exercise would commence from March 8 to 20, and it would cover the entire State, Anambra Central, South and North senatorial zones.

“The exercise is designated to be carried out in fixed posts in Public health facilities, mission and some private health facilities, temporary fixed post like schools, churches, markets and mosques,” he said.

According to Uliagbafusi, the exercise was shifted from March 1, for proper planning and implementation as well as further awareness.

He urged mothers and caregivers to take advantage of the free exercise to vaccinate their children within the ages of nine months to five years old.

Public enlightenment
Frowning over the negative effects generated by the rumoured monkey pox vaccination in the State, the HOD appreciated the media for assisting in refuting the report, appealing for further supports in the area of public enlightenment.

The State coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO) office, Dr Willy Onuorah said the interest of the organisation was to ensure that no child was omitted in the exercise, saying it is working in team comprising 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 to contain communicable disease among children.

Dr Onuorah added that vaccine is 99% safe, remove vaccination; over 25% children would be prone to measles.

Sammie Idika