Kano launches measles vaccination, targets 3 million children

The Kano state government has officially launched vaccination campaign against measles, saying it is targeting at least three million children under five years.

The vaccination exercise, which commenced on October 30, 2019 is expected to end on 12 November, 2019.

Flagging off the campaign, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, explained that measles is a preventable but highly transmissible viral infection which affects mostly children under five years of age and remains a major cause of children’s mortality globally.

Mr Ganduje spoke on Thursday at Gwagwarwa primary health care in Nasarawa local government area.

Represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, the governor said despite concerted efforts and commitment made by his administration to fight against measles, significant number of children still get infected.

“As we commence this measles vaccination campaign, it is my fervent hope that we will attain a 100% coverage with resounding success and quality outcomes that will lead us toward the total elimination of this disease ” he said.

“To achieve our targets on this year’s vaccination exercise against the spread of measles in the state, government has procured 2,900,000 vaccines and distributed them to 1,200 hospitals and some selected centres across the state.

“Not only that, we have trained 24,750 qualified Staff who are to carry out the vaccination exercise and made all the necessary provisions for their effective performance and operation ” he added.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Health Usman Bala explained that the measles vaccination campaign would be carried out across the 484 political wards and 44 local government areas of the state, from 31st Oct – November 12th, 2019.

He revealed that the state has received over 2.9 million doses of measles vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and recorded sustainable progress in training of personnel, provision of logistic and support from the development partners.

In their separate remarks, the representatives of the Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya assured of their continued commitment and cooperation towards actualizing the general success of the programme.

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