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Lagos begins Measles vaccination, 3,609,538 children (9mnth -5yrs) targeted

This year’s measles vaccination campaign for children between nine months and five years will hold in Lagos State from today till March 29, the state government has said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, announced this yesterday at a media briefing on the government’s preparedness for the campaign.

The governor’s aide said 3,609,538 children are targeted during the vaccination campaign.

He said: “The objective of the campaign is to immunise at least 95 per cent of children aged nine months to five years with measles vaccine in all local government areas, regardless of their previous immunisation status.”

Onanuga said the vaccination campaign would be implemented in two streams, adding that the first stream will hold in Alimosho, Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin, Epe, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Mushin and Ojo local government areas between March 15 and 22.

He added that the second stream will hold between March 22 and 29 in Apapa, Badagry, Eti-Osa, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikeja, Ifako-Ijaiye, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu and Surulere local government areas.

“Mop-up exercises would be carried out for the first and second streams between March 21 and 22 as well as on March 28 and 29 in wards and communities adjudged not to have been adequately covered, as set out in the objectives of the campaign.”



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