Statistics have shown that Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of measles cases in the world and second in Africa.
The Director, Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health, Ekiti State, Dr. Joshua Ileke, said no fewer than 515,531 children between 9 and 59 months old are expected to be immunised in the state under the Integrated Measles Campaign expected to hold between January 28 and February 1.
Ileke, who disclosed this yesterday in Ado Ekiti at a media orientation workshop, said the five-day immunisation exercise would take place in over 300 government-owned health facilities.
According to him, the selected sites include churches, mosques, markets, schools and would be administered by 6,202 health workers and community members.
While appealing for journalists cooperation in sensitising the public, Ileke recalled that measles outbreak was lower in 2014 due to aggressive campaign against the disease in 2013, adding that in 2015, however, the campaign did not take place resulting in the latest development.
He appealed to mothers to allow their children to be immunised, blaming some women for their ‘I don’t care attitude’ towards the vaccine.
Executive Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Abike Ajewole, solicited for total support for the campaign.

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