LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria has 3.3 million un-immunized children due
to persistently low routine measles immunization coverage,
Minister of State for Health Osagie Ehanire said Tuesday.
Speaking at the
flag-off of the 2017/2018 national immunization campaign for the
eradication of measles among children in northern Kaduna, the
minister said the government has earmarked 3.5 billion naira
(about 9.72 million U.S. dollars) for the immunization of no
fewer than 3 million children.
According to him,
several measles supplemental immunization campaigns conducted to
provide a second opportunity to reach un-immunized children had
failed to achieve the required 95 percent coverage.
He said the ministry
is confident that this 2017/2018 campaign will be different
going by high quality preparation and financial commitment by
all levels of government.
Ehanire said the
National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) was
working with development partners to achieve high quality and
effective measles vaccination in the 2017/2018 campaign.
appealed to development partners, the media and other
stakeholders to support the immunisation campaign to ensure that
measles was eradicated within record time in the country.