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Niger to vaccinate 3 million citizens against CSM


By SundiataPOST, Abuja

The Niger Government on Thursday said that it would vaccinate three million citizens against the Celebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in order to curb its spread.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Sule, said this during the commencement of the vaccination programme at the Etsu Nupe’s palace in Bida.
He said that the government intended to cover 70 per cent of the state’s population in the vaccination exercise.
“Those between age one and 29 years, who are the vulnerable section of the population, will be vaccinated,” he said.
Sule said that the ministry had voted N3.5 million for logistics during the 10-day exercise, which would begin on Nov. 2.
He appealed to the people to take advantage of the vaccination, assuring them that it was safe, effective and free.
He said that six cases of CSM were recorded in the state.
Meanwhile, Gov. Babangida Aliyu has directed all the political appointees to go their areas of origin and mobilise the people to come out for the vaccination.
He said that the vaccination was important to the future of the state.
Aliyu said that his administration attached great importance to health care delivery, particularly the vaccination of children against childhood killer diseases.

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