In 2 months: Yobe records 3,225 cases of measles, 34 deaths -PS
From, Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
The Permanent Secretary of Yobe State Ministry of Health and Human Services, Hamidu M. Alhaji, has confirmed that between January and October this year, the state has recorded 3,225 cases of measles with 34 deaths.
Alhaji was speaking to journalists shortly after flagging off the 2019 measles vaccination campaign, held at the palace of the District Head of Bulabulin in Damaturu, the state capital.
The Permanent Secretary said that the measles remained one of the leading causes of deaths and disabilities among the children, pointing out that disease is very contagious, stating that the state is one of highest with figures of measles cases in the country according to statistics.
He said the state, in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and development partners, was planning to conduct a measles vaccination campaign to vaccinate children from ages nine months to
He added that the vaccination exercise would be done at health centres and at the palaces of village heads and other approved places.
He explained that it is important to immunize all children, adding: “The vaccination campaign is aimed at boosting the immunity of our children in addition to this booster dose. It is our obligation as parents to routinely immunize our children against all vaccine preventable disease across the state.”