By Chioma Obinna
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said a total of 5 million children under age 0 to 59 months will be vaccinated against measles in the forthcoming 2022 Integrated Measles vaccination campaign billed to commence Friday in the State.
The vaccination exercise will hold from 17th June through 24th July, 2022, in all 57 local government and local council development areas of the State.
Announcing this in a press statement, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said the State Government in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and other development partners will be conducting an Integrated Measles Campaign across all 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the State in line with the National Measles Elimination Strategic Plan 2018-2028”.
Abayomi said the measles vaccination campaign will be integrated with other primary healthcare services and routine immunization to improve efficiency and effectiveness, especially at the primary health care level whilst also providing opportunity for parents and caregivers to access multiple services at the same time.
“The measles vaccine will be provided to children aged 9 to 59 months with Vitamin A supplements for children aged 6-59 months. Routine immunization services will be available from birth up to 23 months, while COVID vaccination will also be available for adults who are 18 years and above as part of our integrated vaccination campaign approach.
”The campaign will be conducted for eight days each in two streams, consisting of 10 LGAs and appurtenances LCDA per streams in order to maximize resources and ensure that all the eligible population are reached during the campaign.
“The first stream will commence on the Friday 17th to Friday 24th of June, 2022, and the participating LGAs are Agege, Ajeromi, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry, Ibeju, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Surulere.
“The second stream will start on Monday 27th of June to Monday 4th of July, 2022 and the remaining 10 LGAs and its appurtenances LCDAs- Apapa, Epe, Eti-Osa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Ojo and Somolu will be covered”, he explained.
He appealed to parents and caregivers to ensure that all the target population of children in Lagos receive the measles vaccine and other routine immunisation services during the campaign.
Abayomi assured Lagosians that Immunisation is safe and effective.
” I, therefore, call on all Lagosians to take advantage of this mass campaign that will be commencing on the 17th of June 2022.”
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa explained that a total of 1,800 vaccination teams will be available per stream across the LGAs and LCDAs to implement the measles vaccination campaign and other routine immunization services.
He added that the teams would man fixed and temporary fixed posts which include public and selected private hospitals, schools, clinics in religious houses, and houses of influential community leaders, stressing that this is in a bid to reach the eligible population and achieve a 100 percent vaccination coverage.
“To ensure the success of this year’s integrated measles campaign, the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board in collaboration with our development partners have conducted training sessions for health workers and implementers who will drive the exercise in order to strengthen their capacity.
“We are currently embarking on massive media and social mobilization campaigns especially at local government, community and grassroots level to sensitize, enlighten and mobilize citizens effectively for a successful campaign”