1.6m Children vaccinated against measles in Borno

In this photo taken on September 15, 2016 women and children queue to enter one of the Unicef nutrition clinics at the Muna makeshift camp which houses more than 16,000 IDPs (internaly displaced people) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS


The Borno Government says it has inoculated 1.6 million children against measles in the past three weeks.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia, told the newsmen that the children were immunised under the first and second phases of the exercise.

Mshelia explained that the first phase exercise was conducted in Borno South senatorial district and four local government areas of the central zone.

He disclosed that the first phase exercise recorded 92 per cent coverage, while that the second phase of the immunisation exercise was conducted in the northern part of the state and the remaining four local governments of the central senatorial district.

He said: “Collation of coverage in the second phase is on-going due to accessibility issues.’’

The state government had also vaccinated about one million residents in a maiden cholera immunisation exercise.

More than 950,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines were administered to people to contain outbreak of the disease in the state in the past three months.

Oral cholera vaccines were administered to children above one-year of age and adults in Maiduguri, Konduga, Jere, Monguno and Dikwa local government areas.

The state government in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) and other humanitarian partners scaled up activities and successfully controlled the outbreak.


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