United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian government are set to begin Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Sensitisation Campaign targeted at over 18.6 million persons.
This was disclosed in Abuja yesterday by UNICEF’s Communication for Development Officer, Mrs Margaret Soyemi during a one-day media orientation forum for a Yellow Fever Preventive mass vaccination campaign.
According to her, the campaign which will begin on November 22 to December, 2018 will cover Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Borno, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau and Sokoto states, adding that the campaign is targeted at 85 per cent of people representing 9 months to 44 year old.
On his part, the chairman, National Measles and Yellow Fever Technical Committee, Dr Joseph Oteri said universal coverage of the vaccine can only be achieved when people come out to receive the vaccines.
He lamented the delayed releases of campaign funds to the operational levels and insecurity as the major challenges confronting smooth running of the campaign.
Describing Yellow Fever as deadly disease, Oteri stressed that there is the need for urgent measures to be taken by the federal government and all States’ Ministries of Health to arrest the Yellow Fever epidemic in the country.