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Nigeria eyes 3 mln un-immunized children
in anti-measles campaign: minister   

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.

The minister 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.

           

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