Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja
The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) has revealed that the current measles outbreak has killed at least 13 children in Borno state.
This was contained in statement issued by Eva Hinds, a Communication Specialist with UNICEF and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the Nigeria 2017 Demographic Health Survey revealed that only 65 per cent of eligible Nigerian children receive their first dose of measles vaccine every year, lamenting that in Borno State, this low coverage has led to the deaths of at least 13 children in the current measles outbreak.
The further revealed that in order to tackle the growing cases of measles, the Nigerian Government is working with UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.
The statement read in part, “Following a growing number of reported cases of measles, the Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organisation, will conduct a vaccination campaign in Borno to protect 1.7m million children aged 6 months to 10 years against measles.”
The statement disclosed that the campaign will run from March 21 – 25, 2019.