By Musa Mahmud

Amina Abubakar Bello

Wife of Niger State governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello

The wife of Niger State governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, has directed wives of the 25 local government chairmen to mobilize their fellow women and children for free measles vaccinations in their respective domains.  She gave the directive at the flag off ceremony of 2018 free measles campaign (MVC) held at Pig Farm Area in Tunga, Chanchaga Local Government Council.

 She said that the directive was aimed at ensuring that mothers bring out their children and are given free vaccinations in order to reduce morbidity in the entire local government areas especially those resident in the hard to reached communities. The wife of the governor noted that the objective of the directive was based on their collective roles and modalities on how to support the fight against vaccines preventable diseases.

While noting that the state government would not relent on its efforts to prove its concerns for free vaccination as a right for every child, she opined that it is a duty also of every family and community to demonstrate their commitments to support the state leadership in the universal health coverage.

 She stated that the campaign was held to remind the citizens of the state of the crucial role of sensitization against measles and other childhood killer diseases.

Dr. Amina therefore disclosed that the campaign would run from February 8 to 20, 2018 and that it’s for children between nine months old to five years; and therefore appealed to every caregiver to bring their families for the free medicine.

Earlier in his welcomed address at the occasion, the Executive Managing Director of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Yahaya Na’Uzo, noted that the flag off campaign was another fulfillment of the commitment of this administration towards health especially vaccine preventable diseases in the state.

He added that the vaccination campaigns exercise is conducted to close the existing immunity gap in children and prevent outbreak of the disease in the State.

He therefore called on the youth, parents, care givers and other stakeholders to be involved in community mobilization and sensitization campaign in order to ensure that children are vaccinated.

He then thanked the state government for the release of counterpart funds towards a successful campaign and therefore reminded the public that measles is a killer disease to unimmunized children even though it is preventable.  He then applauded the teaming stakeholders for their contributions especially in awareness creation.