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3.3 million unimmunised Nigerian children prone to measles attack – WHO

– The World Health Organisation said 3.3 million unimmunised Nigerian children are prone to measles attack

– Borno state coordinator of WHO said despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, Nigeria accounts for the highest burden of measles globally

– The Ministry of Health, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO are organising a campaign for the eradication of the disease

The Borno state coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Audu Idawo, on Wednesday, March 20, said Nigeria sits at the front aisle among the country with global burden of measles with over 3.3 million unimmunised children.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting ahead of the launch of the measles vaccination campaign in the state, Idawo said “despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, Nigeria accounts for the highest burden of measles globally, with 3.3 million unimmunised children.”

Legit.ng gathers that the campaign for the eradication of the diseases was organised in partnership with Ministry of Health, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO.

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The campaign is set to hold between March 21 and 25 with 1.7 million children from the age of six months to 10 years the target.

Speaking on the need for the immunisation, the director of Disease Control in the state’s Primary Health Care Agency, Babagana Adiso, said: “Immunisation remains one of the most effective ways to protect children from killer diseases.

“This campaign gives us the opportunity to protect the lives of children at risk of missing out on routine immunisation in Borno.”

UNICEF’s Borno chief of field office, Geoffrey Ijumba, promised that the body will continue to partner with Nigeria for the effective eradication of disease.

He said: “UNICEF will continue to support Nigeria to reach every child with the measles vaccine. I urge everyone to ensure that all children access the vaccine during the campaign period.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Thursday, March 14, disclosed that the south-south region of the country had the prevalent record of people leaving with the HIV disease.

The director general of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made this disclosure during an event officially unveiling of the agency’s statistics of people living with the disease to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

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