The Kaduna State Government says its target is to immunise one million children under the age of five years against measles.
Malam Hamza Ikara, the Deputy Director, Kaduna Primary Health Care Development Agency (KDPHCDA) said this during a media sensitisation meeting on Tuesday in Kaduna.
Ikara said the exercise, would be conducted in two phases across the state beginning from Oct. 26.
“We are starting our measles immunisation campaigns in the state and it would be conducted in two phases.
“The first phase is starting Oct. 26-31 with 13 local government areas which include Kaduna South , Kaduna North, Ikara, Giwa, Igabi, Chikun, Kubau, Makarfi, Kudan, Birin Gwari, Sabogari, Zaria.
According to him, the second phase would come up from Nov. 2-7 in 10 local government areas.
He explained that the immunisation exercise would take place in all the 1,168 primary health facilities in the state, adding that adequate arrangements had been made by the government and its partners to achieve success.
“The state government has approved the sum of N38 million for the measles campaign as its counterpart fund and other development partners are also assisting with training of workers and supervisors.
“We have concluded arrangements to ensure that a mother does not trek more than one kilometer to get her child immunised.
“We want to achieve 95 to 100 per cent compliance to ensure total eradication of measles; this is because in the last exercise conducted in the state we achieved only 30 per cent coverage,’’ Ikara said.
Source: Daily Trust News
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