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WHO To Vaccinate 760,128 Children In Taraba Against Measles

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The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Taraba State, has announced that not less than 760,128 children in the state, will be vaccinated against measles.

A statement issued by the UNICEF Consultant on Measles, Mary Bajani, during the Media Orientation Workshop in Jalingo, noted that 3,999 workers had been trained for the exercise.

Bajani, who said the exercise will hold between November 21 and November 25, added that both temporary and permanent posts had been fixed at ward level to enable citizens identify locations for the exercise.

She said vaccine-preventable disease had remained a major cause of under-five morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.

She said, “Measles burden reduction will significantly impact progress towards the attainment of the MDG4.

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“More emphasis must be laid to target children from 0 to 5 years, to curb the diseases.”

Bajani said routine coverage remained sub-optimal in most local government areas, while the wards continued to record less than 80 per cent over the years.

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