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Rivers State intensifies fight against measles

18 October 2013, 07:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Nigeria has stepped up efforts in its quest to bring educational awareness about measles that has claimed lives of children across the country, a senior official has said.

The measles awareness campaign, which kick-started at Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt on Thursday (yesterday) sought to provide information and educational awareness ahead of the Integrated Measles Campaign (IMC) set for November.

Addressing a social mobilisation meeting, Rivers State Health Board of Director for Community Health Services, Dr. Isaac Opurum, said the preparation for the forthcoming IMC, which is aimed at adequately informing and educating the public about the need for the measles vaccine was at an advanced stage.

She stressed the need to synergise with relevant agencies to carry out effective information dissemination about the campaign which runs between 2-6th November throughout the state.

Dr. Opurum said her health ministry's role was to implement date needed to convince people to accept what they intent to do in terms of participation in the fight against measles.

Speaking at the same ceremony, state Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Oliver Wolugbom, said his agency was ready to disseminate information about measles vaccine as well as awareness campaigns throughout Rivers state.

"They (people) would be part of this arrangement at every Local Government Area to properly enlighten them on the gains of the programme," said Dr.

He said Chief Orientation Mobilization Officers (COMO’S) have been trained to disseminate, enlighten and interpret Government policies to the people with special strategies to meet the peculiarities of each Local Government Area and also bring feedback from them as well.

 "I want to assure you that our COMO's will be in a better position to assist you and I will be readily handy as always to drive this process, all we want is for our people to get a better life.

"If we eradicate most of these common diseases, our children would grow stronger and without deformities while our people will also appreciate what the Government is doing for them,” Dr. Wolugbom said.

- CAJ News

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