Anambra targets 2m children for measles immunisation

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja
The government targets two children for integrated measles in November, its for Health, Dr Lawrence Ikeako, said in Awka on Thursday.
Ikeako told newsmen that the followed the recent measles outbreak in the state in spite of its efforts to curb the in 2008 and 2011.
“Children five years are mostly affected. Based on this, there is need for a follow up to reduce to the barest minimum, deaths resulting from measles outbreak.
“The overall goal is to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity due to measles and sustain the interruption of wild polio transmission among children five years of age,” he said.
Ikeako said the scheduled to hold from Nov.2 to Nov. 6 would also be used to scale up delivery of routine immunisation antigens and other child survival interventions.
According to him, children between nine months and five years will receive measles vaccines while children between zero and 59 months will be vaccinated with oral polio vaccines.
Ikeako advised parents and caregivers to make their children available for the vaccines in all the primary health centres and designated posts.