World Health Organisation kicked off measles and meningitis campaign

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In its effort to combat the menacing occurrences of measles and meningitis among children, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organisation (WHO), and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance have kicked off a campaign to reach more than 28 million children with lifesaving vaccines.

This campaign is designed for 19 states in the Northern region, including Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Kaduna and Sokoto.

Speaking on the campaign, the Director of Disease Control and Immunization, NPHCDA, Dr Joseph Oteri, said measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease with increased mortality and morbidity in children under five years, and Nigeria has experienced repeated outbreaks of measles in recent years due to low routine immunization coverage.

He further stated government is committed to ensuring every eligible child is reached with the lifesaving vaccines.

Meanwhile, Measles is a highly contagious viral disease.

It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.