The second phase of immunization of children against measles will begin in the 17 states in southern Nigeria from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, an official said

 

Mrs Nkiru Asomugha, the Head, Primary Health Care Advocacy and Social Mobilization Division, National Health Care Development Agency, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Umuahia, Abia.

 

She said the exercise would involve children between the ages of nine months and 59 months.

 

“What we want to achieve by embarking on this mass immunization is to protect children from the age of nine months to 59 months against the effects of this deadly disease, measles, by giving them measles vaccine.

 

“Most people suffer from the complications of this virile disease which could come in form of pneumonia, blindness, deafness, or even outright death.

“So, it is a very terrible disease which could be prevented by immunizing children.

 

“They (parents) should ensure that their eligible children are brought out for this immunization exercise so that we can ensure that our children are healthy children. “Our children are our future hope; we should ensure that they are healthy.

 

Asomugha said the first phase of the campaign was done in the 19 northern states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

According to her, measles is still endemic in the country and remains the leading cause of death of children under five years of age.

(NAN)

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