FCT Administration To Vaccinate Children Against Measles
The FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat says Nigeria will have to attain and maintain a ninety five percent vaccination coverage in each local Government Area to win the battle against measles in the country.
The FCT Health Secretary, Mrs Amanda Pam stated this at a news briefing ahead of this year’s measles follow- up campaign in Abuja.
The Secretary, represented by a director in the Secretariat, Dr Bamidele Babade who noted that measles remains one of the leading causes of childhood morbidity and mortality, hinted that plans had been concluded to hold the measles campaign and vaccination across the 62 wards of the territory.
“In order to reach the goal of measles elimination by the year 2020, the follow-up measles vaccination is needed to curb the 2016/2017 pockets of measles outbreak in Nigeria”.
Mrs Amanda Pam therefore appealed to parents to make their children available.
The FCT Health Secretary who expressed worry that series of catch-up and follow-up campaigns in previous years had not met the 95% target, explained that this year’s follow-up became necessary to address the upsurge in measles cases.
She said innovations such as the use of GIS maps and house-to-house mobilisers were introduced to guard against missing -out any child during the exercise.
Kapital FM correspondent Remi Johnson, reports that the exercise is scheduled to hold from the 8th to 20th of this month.