On Thursday Mrs. Uzoamaka Nwifuru wife of Ebonyi State governor flagged off the Measles Vaccination Campaign exercise in the state.
The flag-off took place at Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area of the State.
Mrs Nwifuru during the event noted that vaccines provided for the Measles Campaign exercise are safe, effective, and proven to protect children from the disease.
She described measles as a disease that had continued to pose a threat to children’s health.
But noted that Immunisation was key and the campaign, was a vehicle for a brighter and healthier future.
“Immunisation exercise is an initiative that holds the power to protect our children, give value to life, and transform their futures
“Our duty as parents, caregivers, responsible citizens, and government is to take action and ensure that our children are protected from this devastating illness.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs Patricia Obila, urged stakeholders to give top priority to the campaign pointing out that the state government was committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the exercise.
Obila encouraged all local government stakeholders, especially the chairmen to ensure a successful outcome of the campaign in the state.
She enjoined the support of community leaders in facilitating community participation and mobilization of children and eligible adults for the vaccination campaign.
Mrs Vivian Ibe, State Coordinator World Health Organisation (WHO) in a remark said, that the state had so far, recorded over 10 cases of measles in 2023.
Ibe stressed the need for all to take advantage of the vaccination exercise as a priority to protect children from the burden.
She commended the state government for the exercise and appreciated other partners and UN agencies in the state.
Mr Moses Ekuma, Commissioner for Health in the state, said that the vaccination is compulsory.
Ekuma added that the vaccination is not optional but an offense when children are not immunized. He said the vaccine is for children between 09 to 59 months.
He commended partners, Governor Francis Nwifuru and his wife for making the exercise a reality.
Also speaking, Mr Moses Ogodoali ALGON Chairman promised to reach out to difficult areas in the rural communities through the various council chairmen.
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