654, 804 Kogi children targeted for immunisation against measles

No fewer than 654, 804 children aged between nine months and five years will be immunised during the March measles vaccination in Kogi, a World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant has said.

Dr Muhammad Salihu, a National Measles Consultant to WHO, made this known to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday, and said the exercise would last from March 1 to 13.

The consultant said that WHO had taken delivery of 720, 290 doses of vaccines required for the exercise.

Salihu who spoke at a one-day sensitisation programme for the media on the exercise, said it would hold simultaneously in all the 239 wards across the state.

He said the exercise would be handled by 614 teams of vaccinators and that it would hold at places of worship, markets, palaces, schools and health facilities across the state.

Also speaking, a facilitator, Dr Uzoma Ogbonna, said that the exercise would hold only in designated areas, adding that there was no resources to carry out house-to-house immunisation.

“We are using this to complement the routine immuniaation.

“Parents are advised not to wait; they should just walk down to the nearest health facility to immunise their children irrespective of previous immunisation,” he said.

Ogbonna said the vaccinators had been instructed not to administer the vaccine on children above 10 years.

The facilitator emphasised that the exercise was essentially for those within the age bracket of nine months and five years.

The state Health Educator, Mr Acheku Yusuf, urged journalists to join hands with the State Government to make the exercise a success.

He said that only measles vaccines would be administered during the exercise, calling on parents to take advantage of it to immunise their children against measles.


  1. funmibolarinwa902 weeks agoReply

    parents guidance and teachers, here is a wake up call, take your child wards for immunization against measles, God be with our children

  2. Abidemi Arogundade2 weeks agoReply

    This is good as our children needs to be immunized aganist measles. Our parents must release their children for immunization

  3. Samuel Olawale2 weeks agoReply

    This is a very good project. The parents shouldn’t stop their children from getting the immunisation

  4. Uneneze Daniel2 weeks agoReply

    waooo.wat a nice and wonderful update gotten here. is always gud we all gets informed

  5. Dking2 weeks agoReply

    this post is very informative and also good for the public

  6. Joseph Omojevwe2 weeks agoReply

    Please they should be treated well so that they don’t get sick by this disease

  7. David Udorah2 weeks agoReply

    Early immunization on children helps them live longer. There immune system also gets strong enough to fight off bacterias

  8. Amaewhule Ogezim Tim2 weeks agoReply

    This is good for the children to get immunized.parents should therefore release their children or perhaps take their children to the hospital.

  9. IJEOMA OHIA2 weeks agoReply

    Good immunization helps protect children from different diseases n death

  10. Nwaneke Kizito2 weeks agoReply

    Its a very vital movement in the lives of any citizen, because it prevents lots of viral and other related diseases in the body.

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