The federal government has re-affirmed its commitment towards the eradication of measles in Nigeria by year 2020.
Professor Isaac Adewole, the minister of health made this statement on Friday in Abuja during the flag-off of National Measles follow-up campaign.
He emphasised that measles vaccination has played a key role in reducing child mortality and in achieving progress towards attainment of Millennium Development Goal 4.
He also stressed that the 2015 National Measles Follow-up is to be implemented in northern clusters from 21st-25th November 2015, while the southern clusters are scheduled to take off from 28th January to 1st February, 2016 and both campaigns are stated to target over 39 million children 9-59months of age in the country.
While appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment in the health sector, Prof. Adewole informed that the campaign is supported by Federal Government, Gavi and other developmental Partners.
In his remark, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, represented by the acting secretary of Health, FCT, Mrs. Odey Achu, said that the campaign is aimed at administering a booster dose to children already vaccinated and has an opportunity for reaching out to children that ought to have been vaccinated in the earlier rounds.
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