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Meningitis: Niger to conduct mop up immunisation

24 November 2013, 17:39

Minna - The Niger Government says that it will conduct “mop up” immunisation for celebro-spinal meningitis in six local government areas to ensure effective coverage of the state against the disease.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Sule, said this in Minna on Sunday at a news conference held on the level of coverage of the immunisation exercise in the state.

Sule said that the “mop up” exercise would be conducted in Wushishi, Magama, Chanchaga, Tafa, Bosso and Munya local government areas.

He said that the areas recorded less than 90 per cent coverage in the just-concluded statewide immunisation exercise for persons from one year to 29 years.

He added that some of the wards of the areas were not covered during the exercise.

Sule said that the mop up exercise would ensure that the target group was captured, adding that all immunised persons were vaccinated against the disease for 10 years.

He, however, said that older persons, who desired immunisation, could avail themselves of the vaccine.

On polio, the commissioner said that routine polio immunisation was being intensified to ensure that all children between one year and five years were immunised.

He said that the exercise would be sustained until polio was ``kicked out of the state”.

Sule said that the state government was also addressing the issue of hepatitis, noting that there were rising hepatitis infections among people in the state.

He said that hepatitis was closely related to HIV and AIDS, urging people to visit health facilities to ascertain their HIV status so as to commence treatment on time.

He conveyed the government’s commitment to providing quality health care delivery to the people, adding that it would continue to create awareness on diseases and the government’s efforts to deal with them.



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