The Niger state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril has disclosed that the state has recorded 33 cases of measles and one case of yellow fever in the state this year.
According to him, the case of the yellow fever was reported in Borgu local government area adding that reactive vaccination campaign have started in the local government and surrounding local government areas in order to curtail it.
Briefing newsmen on the 2018 measles vaccination campaign in Minna, the Commissioner said that the cases were recorded before the commencement of the measles campaign which started on the 10tg of January.
According to him, 216 measles cases were reported in 2017 but 67 were confirmed adding that if the measles vaccination campaign goes on as planned, there would be limited cases of measles outbreak in 2019 in the state.
He said that in three days, 542,712 children under the age of zero to nine have been vaccinated stating that with this development, there is optimism that the target of immunising 1.2 children would be surpassed.
Jibril said that all the local government Chairman and ward Councillors to fully participate, monitor and supervise the measles vaccination campaign and report any non-compliances or rejection.
The Executive Director of the Niger state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo said that 12,000 health personnel have been deployed to 1,800 vaccination centers in all the local government areas to ensure adequate coverage of the campaign.
He said that for the for effective monitoring and supervision, the measles campaign was scheduled for two phrases, the first phrase would take place in 16 local government areas and started on the 10th and would end on the 16th February while the second phrase will begin from 20th to 26th February in nine local government areas.
Na’uzo expressed satisfaction in the turnout adding that if the turn out continues, the target of vaccinating 1.2 million children would be surpassed.