The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said there have been 108 confirmed cases of the outbreak of measles in Nigeria’s 36 States and the Federal capital territory this year.
This was information disclosed by the Healthcare Agency in Abuja at a Stakeholders and Media Meeting ahead of the impending Nationwide Measles Vaccination Campaign scheduled to commence from October.
According to the NPHCDA, in 2015 there were 166 cases of measles and in 2016 they were 183 cases of measles in different parts of the country.
The agency said it plans to stamp out the childhood killer disease by carrying out a nationwide vaccination programme for children aged between nine months and five years.
The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said the Federal govt. has released the sum of 3.5bIllion Naira for the Measles Vaccination Campaign.
Dr. Shuaib however asked State governors to show commitment to ending measles in their states.
In her presentation, the representative of UNICEF Margaret SOYEMI at a Meeting with Journalist asked the media to make the govt. show increased commitment to the fight against measles in the country.
Reports say the vaccination coverage against measles in Nigeria has generally always fallen short of the 95 percent which is the minimum required.
The NPHCDA said National Measles Vaccination Campaign which is billed to run in phases, kicks off in the northwestern of the country on 26th October and will run till the 13th of March 2018 when the exercise is scheduled to end in the south of the country