Lagos State Ministry of Health in conjunction with UNICEF is kick starting a Week long Measles Vaccinations Campaign themed “WE CATCH UP CAMPAIGN”
The Vaccinations campaign that is expected to run from March 22 to 29, 2018 will be carried out in all the 20 local government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.
Breaking the news on Monday was the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Board, Mrs. Iyabo Are, who explained that the measle vaccinations had become Imperative as a result of the recent outbreak of the disease.
Those that are to benefit from the vaccinations are children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years.
The target earmarked for this campaign is about 3.6 million children across the state and it is expected to achieve a 95% coverage success rate as against 84% achieved last year.
She further revealed that in the past the campaign suffered in the area of proper coordination. As such, Lagos State Government is committing itself by providing counterpart funds and human and material resources to see to the effective execution of the campaign.
To achieve this, Lagos State residents have been advised to benefit from this programme by taking their children to Primary Health centres, designated private hospitals, temporary posts, churches, mosques, schools etc.
Nigeria with a population of about 180 million is reputed to account for 5% of .unvaccinated children of Measles and one of the highest in the whole world.