Abuja - The federal government has released 1.5 million doses of measles vaccines to worst hit states in the northern part of the country, a top official said on Tuesday.
A statement from the National Primary Health Development Agency, (NPHCDA) in Abuja said Kano State got 500 000 doses, Katsina State 400 000 doses, while Sokoto State got 300 000 doses.
The statement quoted Ado Muhammad, the Executive Director of the agency, as saying that it had additional reserve of 300 000 doses of measles vaccines still kept in the National Strategic Cold Store in Abuja.
Muhammad said the agency would take delivery of additional 7.2 million doses of measles vaccines in the next two weeks.
According to him, the additional measles vaccines would be delivered to all worst affected states during the forthcoming Polio Immunization Campaign in April.
Muhammad Pate, Minister of State for Health, attributed the recent outbreak of measles to parents' refusal to immunize their children.
Pate said children that were immunized against measles would not contract the disease, adding that most cases of measles were seen among children that had not been given the vaccine.
He advised clerics preaching against immunization to desist from it, as such were causing harm to Nigerian children.