Council immunises 30, 814 children against measles in Kwara

Measles-immunizationIREPODUN Local Government Council of Kwara State has embarked upon five-day immunisation against measles, which is targeting 30, 814 children.

The Local Immunisation Officer of the council, Mr. Samuel Buoye, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of the council, added that the exercise, which started on Saturday in the 66 units across the 11 wards of the council, was for children from nine months to five years and it would end tomorrow.

He said that measles still remained prevalent among children, as thousands were dying from the disease, especially in the remote communities.Measles-immunization
Buoye said that this fresh round of immunisation became necessary as children, who were delivered after the last campaign in 2013 and had never received routine immunisation, were now at risk.

He urged parents, traditional rulers and religious leaders to give necessary support to ensure that every eligible child benefitted from the exercise.
“To be fully protected against measles, it is important that children from nine months to five years of age are vaccinated at least twice with the vaccines. To avoid measles outbreak, children in every village and community should receive routine vaccinations before the age of one year,” he said.

Buoye, who described measles as capable of reducing a child’s ability to fight other diseases, gave the symptoms of the disease as high fever, redness of the eyes, running nose and body rashes.

He pledged the readiness of the council to meet the set target, saying that the council was equipped with adequate vaccines and personnel for the exercise.

Buoye listed some challenges of the exercise to include poor electricity supply to freeze the icepack to cool the vaccines as well as the difficulty in locating Fulani settlers in remote areas.
He also decried inadequate facilities given to town criers engaged to sensitise residents for the success of the exercise.

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