The Ondo state Ministry of Health is set for the next round of immunization against measles of children between the ages of nine months to five years.
According to a statement by Dr. Adetolu Ademujimi, State Incident Manager, Measles Vaccination Campaign, in the ministry, who said Ondo State experienced Measles outbreak in one Local government area in 2017 and most of the affected children either missed the routine measles vaccination or were not able to take the booster dose given during a special measles vaccination campaign.
Ademujimi asked parents who has children between the ages of 9months and 5 years to ensure that they take the booster dose of Measles vaccine which shall be available between 8th and 20th March, 2018.
The statement further emphasized that the vaccine which is injectable shall be administered on the left uppper arm.
“Our well-trained and dressed-in-uniform health workers shall move from houses to schools, churches, mosques, market places etc during this period.
“Our 576 primary health centers across the 18 LGAs have also been designated as vaccination posts.”
Ademujimi said Measles can cause deafness, blindness and even death among under-5 children. “Fellow citizens, let’s take advantage of this opportunity to prevent another outbreak of Measles in our dear state.” he concluded.