In a bid to interrupt measles transmission in parts of Borno State and to boost the vulnerable population’s immunity in newly accessible areas, the World Health Organisation is providing technical and financial support to the state health authorities to implement a selective measles vaccination campaign.
The four-day exercise targets more than 200, 000 children aged between six months and 15 years living in recently accessed locations across nine local government areas of the state. The LGAs are Magumeri, Nganzai and Damboa where suspected outbreaks of measles were reported in April 2018.
Other LGAs include Bama, Dikwa, Gwoza, Kukawa, Kala Balge and Ngala where large numbers of children who have not been vaccinated since 2014 are resettling.
WHO already trained and deployed 219 vaccination teams to deliver potent measles vaccine to all eligible children in these areas with a view to stopping transmission and strengthening resistance to the spread of the disease among the population of unvaccinated newly liberated children.
According to the Country Representative to WHO in Nigeria, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO is at the forefront of the ongoing measles vaccination campaign, children are protected from measles infection, wherever they are re-settling.
Earlier in April 2018, suspected measles outbreaks were reported in Magumeri, Nganzai and Damboa LGAs involving more than 350 children with 61 deaths.
The Punch News