Taraba to vaccinate 639,713 children against measles, meningitis



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Taraba to vaccinate 639,713 children against measles, meningitis

Fanen Ihyongo, Jalingo



 

In its response to the recent outbreak of measles and meningitis across the country, the Taraba State Government has planned a “Mass Vaccination” exercise in the State before the end of November.



The “Mass Vaccination” is targeted at children between 9 months to 5 years, for measles, and 1-5 years for meningitis.

At least, 639,713 children will be vaccinated, through injection, Mercy Maigoge, a Taraba State Health Educator (TSPHCDA), disclosed to newsmen at a one-day workshop in Jalingo on Saturday.

Conveners of the workshop, which was held at the Millennium Event Centre, sought the cooperation of journalists, for the “Integrated Meningitis and Measles Vaccination Campaign” to be a success.

About 307 measles cases were reported in 27 states, recently. There was an outbreak of measles in Yobe, Borno and Kaduna, and an outbreak of yellow fever in Katsina, Ebony and Bauchi, among other states, all in a week.

This prompted the Nigerian government to launch the Mass Vaccination Campaign (MVC) to reduce the burden of the diseases in the country.

In Taraba, to successfully carry out the programme, Local Health Workers (LHW) had visited all homes in the State’s 16 local government councils to get the actual and projected number of the targeted infants. They arrived at 639,713 (children), it was learnt.

It was gathered that although, immunization prevents 2-3 million deaths annually, about 3 million children under 5 years still die annually from measles, yellow fever, meningitis and other diseases.

Maigoge said she wonders why vaccines have been provided by government and partners, and the vaccines are available free in healthcare centres, but still vaccination coverage has not reached the desired level to prevent repeated outbreaks.

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“In Nigeria, 10 out of 100 children die before they turn five, mostly of vaccine preventable diseases,” she queried.

Speaking on the dangers of measles, which is caused by infection with Rubeola virus, Maigoge said, the disease “reduces a child’s ability to fight other diseases, resulting in frequent illness.”

“Measles spreads easily from one infected person, mostly children, to another. It affects the brain and spinal cord, causes blindness and can result to death.

“The symptoms include: high fever, severe and persistent headache, runny nose and cough, red and watery eyes, vomiting, neck stiffness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, rashes all over the face and body, as well as discomfort and sensitivity to light,” she said.

She emphasised that even children (under 5 years) who had been vaccinated, must take the vaccine during the Mass Vaccination Campaign, because of the recent measles/meningitis outbreak in the country.

Taraba to vaccinate 639,713 children against measles, meningitis

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