FCT set to vaccinate in over 3,000 settlements


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has identified 3,998 settlements for vaccination against measles in its upcoming exercise which would hold between February 8 and 20.

The Secretary of Health Secretariat and Human Resources, Mrs Amanda Pam, made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja.

Pam, who was represented by Dr Bamidele Babade, a Director from the secretariat, said that all the eligible children within the settlements have already been identified with a view to immunise all of them.

She explained that about 620,000 children are targeted to be immunised, while 1,400 team of vaccinators had been engaged to carry out the exercise across the six area councils in the territory.

According to her, the forthcoming vaccination is targeting 100 per cent coverage because no child from nine months to five years in the FCT will be left out.

The secretary stated that certified health workers have been engaged and trained to conduct the immunisation.

“The FCT Minister, Alhaji Musa Bello, gives health a high priority as he has already released the counterpart funding for the exercise. For the fact that we didn’t meet the target in 2015 campaign has made FCT to have pockets of cases of measles in some parts of the territory and we will not allow such to happen this time around. We have mapped out our strategies to ensure that every child in the identified settlements including IDPs and nomadic is immunised,” she said.

Pam tasked the media to help in mobilising parents and caregivers to bring out their kids for the vaccination.

Bilkisu Pai