The head, department of health in Gwagwalada area council, Dr Adeyemi Adeniran has declared the readiness of the council to achieve an effective measles vaccination campaign.
In an interview with LEADERSHIP in his office, Adeniran called on parents to take advantage of the ongoing vaccination exercise and vaccinate their children, noting that measles is a contagious preventable disease that responds to vaccination.
He maintained that vaccination is facility-based, adding that people would be going from house to house, to ensure that children, within the ages of zero to five years, are immunised against measles.
Adeyemi stated that measles can cause blindness, brain injury, cough and even death, adding that these can be prevented through the routine Immunisation.
The HOD health, also expressed hope that the measles campaign would be successful, noting that the team has put lessons, learnt from the poliomyelitis Immunisation exercise, to avoid cases of rejection.
He disclosed that as part of preparation, the team had done an advocacy visit to the council chairman, had a social mobilization meeting with all the committees involved, community dialogue and others, to stem the tide of rejection.