By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Edo state government has committed the sum of N11 million counterpart fund to facilitate the 2018 routine immunizations of Children across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
A Consultant with African field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Dr. Samuel Sha’aibu stated this at an interactive session with the Media on Monday, ahead the flag-off the this year immunization exercise which will begin on March 8, 2018 in the state.
Sha’aibu spoke on the overview of measles vaccination campaign 2018.
He said unlike past immunization exercise, the Federal government in partnership with the World Health Organization has made adequate arrangements to extend the regular exercise to Prisons inmates, Internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the Country.
Edo state Immunization officer, state Ministry of Health, Mrs. Justina Aikhuele, said the programme was a follow up to the 2016 measles campaign conducted in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal government.
The WHO supplementary Immunization Focal Person (SIFP), Mrs. Winnie Aigbojie, urged mothers to cooperate with health officials and keep their Children’s immunization cards within reach for verification by health workers.
She however dismissed social speculation that immunization of children was unsafe.
Mrs. Aigbojie said measles vaccination cure, heal and protect diseases in children.