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Second phase of measles vaccination campaign kicks off in Anambra

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ANAMBRA State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has taken measles vaccination in the state a notch higher with the introduction of Measles Containing Vaccine2 (MCV2) into the Routine  Immunization (RI) against measles.

  The new measles vaccination campaign kicks off today,  following fears that a single dose of Measles Containing Vaccine can no longer be guaranteed of effectively covering people against Measles attack.

  According to a release signed by the state’s Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu and made available to National Light , Anambra State Primary Healthcare is introducing Measles Containing Vaccine 2 dose into Routine Immunisation, Meningitis ‘A’, Vaccine and Yellow Fever vaccine campaign.

  Measles is a highly infectious airborne disease caused by the Measles virus through respiratory droplets. It is one of the childhood killer diseases and tends to occur in epidemics. Its mortality rate is more amongst children less than 5years who live in overcrowded conditions.

  “A single dose of Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) is not enough to attain at least 95 per cent coverage and currently, about 70 per cent of all measles cases are among children under five years of age who missed being vaccinated in the first year of their lives; hence the need for a second dose of the MCV.”

  The statement adds that the vaccination centres for the new coming MCV 2 is at health centres and designated areas across all the Local Government Areas in the state.

  Contained further in their release include, “Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with partner agencies is organising mass Men ‘A’ vaccine and yellow fever vaccine campaign. The Men ‘A’ vaccine, which is for protection against Meningitis A is for children ages 1-5 years and the yellow fever vaccine is for everybody within the age of nine months to 44 years.”

  This vaccination exercise is scheduled to last from 9th to 18th December 2019. The men’s centres for the vaccination are in all health centres and designated temporary sites across all the local governments in the state.

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