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Anambra flags off anti-measles campaign

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THE annual measles prevention sensitisation and awareness campaign  in Anambra State will be flagged off tomorrow.

 Director of Disease Control and Immunisation in Ministry of Health, Dr Nnamdi Placid Uliagbafusi stated this during an interface between the agency and  newsmen in Anambra State Universal Basic Education (ASUBEB) Hall, Awka.

  Representing Executive Secretary of Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, he explained that the year’s edition was different because vaccination was also integrated into the campaigns.

 “This will involve vaccination against measles, COVID-19, routine immunisation (RI) and Birth Registration campaign. During this period, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 2, at all PHCs and designated vaccination sites, childhood vaccines will be given to children aged zero to 23 months, measles vaccine; nine to 59 months and COVID-19 vaccine; 18 years and above.

  During the campaign, trained healthcare workers will visit churches, schools, markets, parks and mosques to vaccinate all eligible persons. The media has a role to create awareness and educate the public so that caregivers will make their wards available for vaccination as well as vaccinate themselves against COVID-19. The vaccines are free, safe and effective. The exercise will enable us ensure that our children are protected from vaccine preventable diseases,” she said.

   Also speaking, Anambra State Coordinator, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mr. Obioha Agbakwuru solicited  continuous support of the media men in immunisation and health programmes especially toward the upcoming Measles campaign.

In his own contribution, WHO Representative in Nigeria, Chris Ezenwanne noted that their aim for the campaign was to ensure that every eligible child of nine to 59 months in Anambra State is reached with the Measles vaccine.

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 “This year the state has recorded over 500 cases of measles, so this is not just like any campaign. It is a critical time where we need all children to be protected from the disease.  We have to do our best in reaching out to everyone while sensitising and educating them on the importance of the programme,” he said.

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