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Kaduna to immunise residents against Meningitis

21 October 2013, 16:32

Kaduna - A total of 5.24 million people will be immunised against meningitis in Kaduna State, an official of the state Primary Healthcare Agency, has said.

Hamza Ikara, the Health Educator of the Agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna that the immunisation would run for 10 days, from November 2.

He said that 631 health workers had been trained to conduct the exercise across the 23 local government areas, and would target people from the age of one to 29 years.

Ikara said adequate vaccines had been received for the immunisation, adding that the measure was to forestall any outbreak as witnessed in 2012.

"We have recorded cases of meningitis last year and we hope to reduce it this year, that is why we are starting the immunisation exercise early."

He noted that the disease is very common during dry season and affects all age groups.

Ikara appealed to traditional and religious leaders to assist in sensitising the people to turn up for the immunisation, so as to ensure its success.

He also urged those targeted "to respond massively to the exercise to avert any outbreak of the disease''.

The official said the immunisation would not be conducted from house to house, but at designated centres, including the 540 clinics in the state, major markets and some mobile stations to be provided by the Agency.



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