As part of efforts aimed at immunizing 35 million Nigerian children against measles, the Nigerian National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) has announced it is carrying out immunization exercise in the northern region of Nigeria from October 5 to October 9.
Ado Muhammad, NPHDA Executive Director said the ongoing exercise is the first of two phases of immunization programmes aimed at reducing the incidence of measles in Nigeria.
According to him, children in the southern region of Nigeria would participate in the second phase that would be held from November 2 to 6, 2013.
In the first phase, he said the 19 northern states of Nigeria including the federal capital city of Abuja would be covered in the first phase.
The decision to embark on the immunization exercise he said is to prevent the serious implications of measles which is caused by a virus.
In September, Nigeria recorded more than 53,000 cases of measles with about 330 deaths. This represents a sharp increase from last year’s figures when Nigeria only recorded 8,243 cases and only 104 deaths