Bayelsa Lifts Ban On Immunisation, To Embark On Measles Vaccine Exercise

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson


By Amos Okioma
LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Bayelsa state yesterday said it will embark on measles vaccination campaign starting from 1st to 13th 2018.
The commissioner for health Proffessor Ebitimitula Etebu in the company of his Education and information counterparts made this known in Yenagoa during a press conference.They also used the opportunity to lift the ban on immunization and urged stakeholders especially schools, the churches and mosques to spread the information.
The exercise the commissioner said will be in two phases staring from 1st to 6th of March with Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw, Ekeremor and Nembe local Government Areas while the second phase will be from 8th to 13th with Kolokuma Opokuma Ogbia,Brass and Sagbama local government areas.
The commissioner said” I wish to emphasize that the Federal Government has made budgetary allocation and release for the provision of safe and potent vaccine as a sign of commitment for the safety and survival of Nigerian child”.
He thanked the executive governor of the state Henry Seriake Dickson whom he said had exemplified huge political commitment to ensure the success of 2018 Measles Vaccinations Campaign in the state.
” It is important to reiterte that measles vaccination campaign is meant to enhance community protection against measles diseases “the commissioner said.
Disclosing that there is no vaccination that is harmful, and Bayelsa is monkey pox free, Etebu maintained that during the exercise,vaccinators will be stationed at all government health facilities, schools,housing estates, markets and churches to immunize children from 9 months to 5 years.
” I urge parents to support government’s programme by availing their children of the opportunity to be immunized. All mothers should ensure they keep the vaccination cards safe”. Etebu concluded.
Also speaking the commissioner for education Jonathan Obuebite asked that parents and teachers should release their wards to be immunized.

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