Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says the government has targeted one million children for 2017 measles vaccination campaign in 12 local government areas across the state during the first phase of the programme.
Tambuwal said at the inauguration of the programme in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state, Tambuwal said all necessary arrangements had been concluded for a successful exercise.
He said the one million children targeted was realistic, considering the fact that the vaccines would be administered in two phases.
“Twelve local government areas will be covered in first phase while 11 local government areas will be covered in second phase.
”So far, the state government and our development partners have committed huge resources in order to eradicate measles and other killer diseases among our children.
“Enough vaccines have been provided that will cater for children in all the nooks and crannies of the state,” he added.
According to Tambuwal, the state government has already paid all its obligations in the form of counterpart funding and that all partners have been up to date in their payments for the exercise.
He urged parents and healthcare givers to sustain the efforts to eradicate the disease, assuring people that the vaccines were safe.
The Governor directed all local governments to begin the same campaign in their various localities.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, said 1,500 teams had been set up to work across all the local governments, to ensure every eligible child was immunised.
Kakale, therefore, urged parents and guardians to cooperate with the government to improve the health status of children in the state.