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2019 Integrated measles, meningitis Vaccination campaign commences in Adamawa

Adamawa Government has flagged-off mass vaccination of children against measles and meningitis ‘A’ across the state.Flagging-off the exercise at a ceremony Saturday in Girei the headquarters of Girei LGA, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa who is also the Chairman Taskforce on Immunization, Chief Crowther Seth, urged all stakeholders to ensure the success of the exercise.Seth urged parents and caregivers to avail there children the opportunity to be immunized.He lauded the effective role of the media, tradition and religious leaders in mobilizing the public for the exercise and urged for sustenance.While lauding development partners like WHO, UNICEF, AFENET CDC for their support to the state in delivering healthcare services, Seth directed local government chairmen in the state to show serious commitment by attending evening review meetings on the exercise to address any hitch.In her remarks, the Executive Chairperson of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Batulu Muhammad, said measles and meningitis were dreaded diseases and highly contagious that needed to be contained as we approach their season.Muhammad said the state is targeting over 800,000 children for measles vaccination and 750,000 children for meningitis in the two-weeks exercise.Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Kennedy Bartimaus, said the ministry has enough doses of vaccines for the exercise, adding that parents needed to know that getting the children vaccinated is a right and not a privilege.Speaking on behalf of development partners, Mr Iyabosa Iginovia of WHO, lauded Adamawa for embarking and being part of the mass vaccination exercise, and assured the state of sustain support from the partners in areas of healthcare delivery.In their respective remarks, the Chairman of Girei LG, Alhaji Mohammed Njidda and the District Head of Girei, Alhaji Ahmed Mustafa, lauded the choice of Girei for the flag-off and assured their commitment to mobilize for its success.

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