The Rivers State Government will commence its 2018 Measles Vaccination campaign across communities in the 23 local government areas of the state tomorrow, March 1, 2018, with a call on relevant stakeholders, parents wards, traditional rulers in the various communities and the general public to avail their children the opportunity in order to free the children of the deadly disease and achieve a measles vaccinated state.
A statement signed by the Director, Public Enlightenment, Obele Chu, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, and made available to The Tide, recently, indicated that the state Ministry of Health will drive the campaign, in conjunction with its partner agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Government in the delivery of healthcare services to the people.
The statement revealed the exercise would be implemented in two phases between March 1 to 6 and March 8 to 13, 2018, in all the 23 local government areas of the state and advised parents, caregivers to take their children and wards between ages nine to 59 months to the various health centres and designated temporary fixed posts in the state for immunisation against the disease.
Speaking to The Tide, the State Health Educator, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr. Doris Nria noted that the exercise was meant for the children and stressed the need for all parents and care givers irrespective of religion or belief to present their children and wards for the vaccination with the aim of achieving at least a 95 per cent target of children with the disease and curbing the menace of measles among children in the state.
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