By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Kano State has so far received over 2.9 million doses of measles vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency for vaccination among children under the age of 5 across the state.
The permanent secretary, Kano State ministry of health, Usman Bala Muhammad, mni made this known on Monday in Kano during a press brief at the Ministry.
According to him, the state would embark on on measles campaign across the 44 LGA of the state with the first phase scheduled to take off 31st October while the second phase begins 7th November 2019.
He said in Nigeria, measles is an endemic disease with recurrent t outbreaks occurring at irregular intervals as the country is among 45 countries that account for 94% of deaths due to measles worldwide and is one of the 10 countries in the world with measles vaccine coverage of less than 50%.
Bala, stated that, records have it that the state coverage of during the last measles campaign in November 2017 was 75% which is bellow the national agreed coverage of 95% for children under the age of 5.
This, coupled with frequent reporting of suspected cases necessitated the need for a quality statewide campaign with a view to reaching 95% at all levels, he said.
Measles is an acute and highly contagious viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, rashes and malaise.
Other symptoms include; cough coryza or conjunctivitis and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air and remains active and contagious in the air or on infected surface for up to 2 hours.
He said the state government under Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is fully committed to providing quality, accessible and affordable health care services to the goof people of the state, and this, he said can be confirmed through sustained and improved health care service delivery at primary and secondary health care levels across the state.
Usman applaud the efforts and contributions of various partners working with the state government by providing necessary support where needed for a healthy society, charging parents to seize the opportunity and take all their eligible children to designated posts for the vaccination during the specified days of the campaign.
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