2ND ROUND DOSE OF MEASLES VACCINE BEGINS IN ANAMBRA
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Nov. 14, 2019 (MOI) A collaboration between Anambra State Government and partner agencies in the health sector has led to the introduction of second dose of measles vaccines into routine immunisation process.
``This is aimed at attaining the global goals for measles elimination from 2012 to 2020,’’ Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said during a news conference on introduction of second dose vaccines into routine immunisation.
The event was held at the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Awka.
Dr Okpala described measles as highly infectious air borne disease caused by measles’ virus through respiratory droplets.
``Measles is one of the childhood killer diseases that tend to occur in epidemics; its mortality rate is higher among children, less than five years, who live in overcrowded conditions.
``As a viral disease, it cannot be treated but rather can be prevented using measles’ containing vaccine.
``Currently, about 70 per cent of measles cases are among children under 5 years, who missed being vaccinated in the first year of their lives,’’ he noted.
Okpala said that state collaborated with other partners to introduce `Measles Containing Vaccine 2’ into route immunisation, scheduled for children aged 15 months.
``This also introduces immunisation for the second year of life that extends children’s eligibility for immunisation to 23 months. So, any child from 0-23 months is eligible for vaccination,’’ he added.
The commissioner, then, appealed to parents, caregivers and schools to allow their children to be immunised, since it was their right and a must, in order to ensure healthy growth among children.
Dr Okpala said that health workers would be at
designated health facilities to offer routine immunisation and at mobile posts
in a catchment area to give `Measles Containing Vaccine’. (MOI)