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Bauchi set to vaccinate 1.6 million children against measles

Gov. Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State
Gov. Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State

RUTH David, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Primary Health care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has revealed that about 1.6 million children from within the ages of 9 to 59 months are to be vaccinated against measles in the state.

Briefing newsmen, Wednesday, in a press briefing on November 2015 measles campaign strategies put in place for the state, the Incident Manager,State Emergency Operation Centre, Dr. Mansur Dada stated that measles is one of the child killer diseases but is curable and preventable

“Though the disease through the vaccine is preventable, it remains a major cause of under 5 age morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. Measles burden reduction would significantly impact progress toward the attainment of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4,” he said.

Dr Dada disclosed that the exercise will commence from the 21-25 November across the state including the 19 Northern states simultaneously while that of southern states date is yet to be fixed.

He added “There would be two kind of post, fixed and mobile vaccination post spread across the state with 1,615 teams of workers and 2,454 centers across the state. “The immunization will be provided throughout the day from 8 to 4 o clock in the evening”.

Dr Dada also revealed that the mobile post will be located at: schools, churches, Mosques, traditional rulers palaces, bus-stops etc, so that many children can be immunized against the disease.

According to him, adequate arrangement has been put in place for crowd control, security and efficient flow of clients to avoid bottle- necks such as overcrowding, confusion and long waiting.

He added, “Advance Event Following Intervention kit (AEFI) will be made available at all the vaccination centres to take care of adverse reaction”.

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