From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna State government has commenced measles and meningitis immunization for children of between the ages of 9 months to five years.
The Coordinator, Journalists Initiative On Immunization against Polio (JAP),Kaduna State chapter, Mallam Lawal stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement added that the exercise would be conducted in two phases across the state .
The statement explained that the immunization exercise would take place in all the primary health facilities schools, churches, markets, designated traditional leaders houses among others, adding that adequate arrangements had been made by the government and its partners to achieve success.
“Arrangements have also been concluded to ensure that a mother does not trek more than one kilometer to get her child immunized.
“We want to achieve 95 to 100 per cent immunization coverage to ensure total eradication of measles and meningitis in the state.
“We called on parents and caregivers to ensure that their children and wards get the measles and meningitis vaccines.
“Ensure you take your children for vaccination posts nearest to you, “the vaccination is free, safe and effective,’’ the statement said.
The statement also solicited the support of media professional for increased awareness on the exercise to ensure massive turn out for the vaccination.