Kuje area council has called on parents in the community to bring out their wards to be immunised against measles for the 2018 immunisation campaign exercise.
Wife of chairman of the Council, Hajia Amina Abdullahi Galadima, made the call while flagging off measles and Polio campaign in Kuje at the weekend.
According to her, measles is one of the six childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through vaccination and that she “is happy here that government has provided this avenue to get our children immunised against measles.”
Mrs. Galadima added that as a mother, she was calling on all mothers in the Council to make their children between nine and 59 months available to be immunised against the disease.
She also said she would be glad “if at the end of this campaign, Kuje area council comes first in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the coverage of 100%.”
She appealed to the parents, religious, and community leaders to support the campaign to make it a huge success.
In her welcome remarks, the Head of Department, Health, Mrs. Veronica Yama, said measles “is highly contagious and can be lead to blindness in children and even death if not well managed.”
She, therefore, called on health workers in the council to be more committed to their civic responsibilities and to ensure that no child was left out “during this exercise.”
Speaking to Blueprint, the Assistant Director, Health Promotion, Health Department, Mr. Azie Emenike, called for synergy among stakeholders.
He appealed to community leaders to ensure that their wards come out in large numbers for a successful measles and polio immunisation.
He said the whole exercise “will last for six days, and the official take-off of the programme will begin on Saturday across the 10 wards in the council area.”
“If community leaders add their voices in support of this immunisation campaign, and parents also allow their children to be immunised against this killer diseases, there would be great healthier children in Kuje area council that will be free from cholera, measles and Polio in the near future,” he said.