Enugu State targets one million for Meningitis vaccination


The Enugu State Government says it is targeting about one million children aged one year to five years for Meningitis A vaccination throughout the state.

Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), made this known at a news conference in Enugu.

Ugwu said that the massive Meningitis A vaccination which is for six days would be held between Dec. 6 and Dec. 11, adding that there might be a mop-up exercise of additional two days if need be.

He said that the ENS-PHCDA in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency, UNICEF and other partners had trained 495 health personnel teams for the conduct of the exercise.
According to him, the Governor,  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would do the inauguration on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Abakpa Primary Healthcare Centre in Enugu East Local Government Area.

“It will be massive as we have sensitised all stakeholders to it since preventive medicine is cheaper and better than curative medicine,” he said.

Ugwu noted that the state agency had before now embarked on massive sensitisation on the Meningitis A vaccination programme and had mobilised all hands on deck to ensure a huge success.

“We are targeting over 100 per cent coverage to surpass the 97 per cent coverage we had in the last statewide immunisation on Measles that ended on Dec. 3 earlier this week.”