BY CHIOMA OBINNA

AT least five million Nigerian children have benefited from the nationwide Integrated Measles Campaign organised by the Lions Club of Nigerian in partnership with the state and federal government.

Measles, a highly contagious viral illness transmitted through respiratory droplets is one of the highest mortality causes among children less than five years of age. Under-utilisation of the measles vanccines has been blamed for the high measles mortality.

In recognition of these and other facts, the Lions Club last week in Lagos flagged off integrated measles campaign in most communities in Lagos State.

In a chat with Good Health Weekly, during the flag off of the exercise in Ifelodun Local Council Development Area, Lions Club National Chairman, Measles Initiative Campaign for Nigeria, Dr. Yinka Griffin, said the campaign was essentially to create a strong public awareness and emphasis on importance of immunisation exercises.

Griffin who lamented the life threatening aspect of measles said immunisation remains the best way to prevent childhood killer diseases. The exercise was done simultaneously in all the states of the federation.

Debunking one of the myths about vaccination, he said notion by many mothers that once a child is immunised, that child does not need it again is wrong, arguing that the overall benefit of the campaign was to ensure that children are protected against the deadly disease.

Areas such as Ajegunle were selected because they bear high disease burden.

The in-coming Lions Club District 404A Governor,Lion Kola Oyekami commended the National Primary Health Care Development Board for job well done and acknowledged the trainings organised for various cadres,enabling the Lions Club to cue into the national programme so as to reach the less privileged.

Visiting Lion Rebecca Teel Daou, the Division Manager, Lions Clubs International Foundation, stressed the need for parents to take vaccination seriously and also spread the message.

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