Kwara vaccinates 197, 269 kids in first phase of measles campaign

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FG commits N3.5 bn for Under-5 measles vaccinationABOUT 197,269 children have so far been vaccinated against measles in the first phase of this year measles vaccination programme in Kwara state out of total 404,703 children target.

The first phase of the programme, which began early this month, covers eight local government areas, namely, Asa, Baruten, Edu, Ekiti, Isin, Oyun, Ilorin West and Ifelodun while the second phase will cover Ilorin South, Kaiama, Patigi, Oke-Ero, Irepodun, Offa, Ilorin East and Moro.

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The state officials had promised to ensure complete coverage of the captured areas to ensure that the target was met.

While flagging off the campaign Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed had warned that on no account should parents deprive their children of a secure future and a healthy life on the basis of cultural and religious beliefs.

According to him, the state government had put in place strategies to reduce the burden of measles and placed a high premium on Primary Health Care and Routine Immunisation.

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The government has supported Primary Health Care activities by paying the counterpart fund for this Measles Vaccination Campaign and the biannual Maternal, New-born Child Health (MNCH) Week which is aimed at delivering high impact interventions to mothers and children”, he said.

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Ahmed also assured Kwarans that the forthcoming State Health Insurance Scheme would also ensure that quality and affordable health care services, including immunization, are accessible to all citizens of the State regardless of their economic status.

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