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Anambra sensitises on measles vaccination

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MEASLES is a deadly disease that kills thousands of children annually. The disease spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing. The signs are high fever, redness of eyes, runny nose and rash.

This was made known during a one-day media orientation on measles immunisation awareness, organised by Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development  Agency (ASPHDA) in collaboration with United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), held in Awka, Anambra State.

  Speaking during the orientation, UNICEF consultant, Diden Gbofeyin thanked ndi Anambra for their support and contribution towards UNICEF and children, noting that the purpose of the workshop was to create awareness through the media on  measles immunisation, adding that COVID- 19 does not stop mothers from bringing out their children at health facilities to be immunised .

  Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, ASPHDA, Chioma Ezenyimulu added that the orientation was  to educate the caregivers and mothers on the need to immunise their children against deadly diseases, measles, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, among others, to aviod crippling their children.

 Citing polio as an example, Dr Ezenyimulu said, “when a child fails to be immunised at the early stage ,  It will lead to paralysis of the limb thereby preventing the child from walking”.

  She stated that the coronavirus pandemic might not go easily, advising caregivers and mothers to bring out their children to be immunised, adding that it was still be the same vaccine.

  She used the opportunity to emphasise on measles second dose introduced by Nigeria at 15 months, while the first dose is at nine  months. “It is very vital that mothers get their children protected from measles. “Measles vaccine is free, safe and saves lives,” she concluded.

  Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Awka, Dr Placid Nnamdi Uliagbafusi said the objective and outcome of the meeting was to create awareness among the stakeholders on measles vaccines.

  He maintained that media are strong tools when it comes to dissemination of information and urged them to assist in propagating the good news on the need for mothers to immunise their children which is a challenge confronting the agency.

  State Immunisation Officer, Mrs Nkechi Onwuvunka mentioned various vaccines that will be of good help in preventing and treating children of measles like, polio, hypertitis, yellow fever, whooping cough, pneumonia such as BCJ, panta, among others, noting that there is need for mothers to preserve their cards and keep it safe for future purposes.

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