By Joseph Edegbo
About one million children below 5 year are to be vaccinated against measles during the next routine immmunization exercise scheduled to begin on the 9th of this month in Kaduna State, north west Nigeria.
At a forum to sensitize Journalists on the exercise in Kaduna, Deputy Director Primary Health Care ,Hamza Ibrahim Ikara said a train the trainer workshop had begun and that about 1,200 staff would participate in the immunization.
He announced that the government has released $38 million for the exercise, while the World Health Organization, WHO was also championing the provision of logistics and training as well as social mobilization.
Hamza Ikara disclosed that the State plans to achieve 95% coverage and that all the 1168 health facilities would be effectively manned , while additional new posts would be created.
According to him, no Care Giver would be made to travel more than 1 kilometer in the cause of the exercise.
The Deputy Director spoke of the importance attached to the Routine Immunization by the Federal Government which declared it as an emergency in the country and therefore stressed the need for the media to assist in creating awareness by reaching out to the community.
In his contribution, the state coordinator of JAP Lawal A Dogara appeal to the parents to bring their children for measles vaccination so as to achieved the desired result.