Kano State Government says it is targetting more than 2.5 million children, within the range of nine months to five years, to be immunised against measles and other child killer diseases across the 44 local government areas.
Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the announcement in a message during the flag off of the exercise in Faragai, Albasu Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said the measure was part of steps aimed at curbing infant morbidity and mortality.
He remarked that measles was one of the dangerous diseases, which if not reported in time, may cause death or brain, eye and heart damages.
“In view of this, therefore, the state government is pumping N73 million for the smooth takeoff of this campaign in all the 44 local government areas in the state,” the governor said.
He, therefore, enjoined parents to take their wards to the nearest health facility for vaccination against measles and other killer diseases.
He emphasized the need for parents to keep their vaccinations card secured for record purpose.
Ganduje stated that the immunisation would last for six days in 25 local government areas, after which the exercise would be taken to the remaining 19 LGA for another six days.
In his remarks, the representative of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll, Sarkin Yakin Kano, Alhaji Wada Aliyu restated the Emirate Council’s willingness to continue to support the campaign for maximum benefit of the teeming children in Kano.
By Our Correspondent