In Calabar over 500 children were on Sunday immunized against measles, under a programme supported by Lions Club District 404.
The immunization, carried out in Adiabo community in Calabar Municipality Local Government Area, Cross River, was part of the Federal Ministry of Health National Integrated Measles Campaign.
The Regional Chairman of the club, Mr Ene Cobham said the aim was to encourage mothers to immunize their children.
“We are doing this project simultaneously in all part of the country, mobilizing children to be immunized against measles and telling mothers that immunization is free, and that the immunization was for children of ages nine months to five years”. he said.
According to him, the Lions Club carries out the mobilization and sensitization of the public, while the state ministry of health takes charge of the immunization.
“We have given out gifts worth N500, 000.00 to children in order to entice them to turn out for this exercise. We are also working in synergy with the ministry of health to reduce child mortality in states’’, he said.
Another member, Catherine Ephraim, said the club was assisting the ministry to bring out children for the immunization through its door-to-door campaign.
“Lions club has always been advocate for children and vulnerable populations; measles is one of the most contagious-yet preventable disease in the world’’, she said.
The Chief Community Health Officer, Mrs Bassey Edem thanked the club for the initiative, noting that its strategy had educated and encouraged mothers to bring out their children for immunization.