By Odigiri Mackson

Niger state government has called for the support of traditional and religious leaders as well as school teachers in the state to help in sensitizing and mobilizing their subjects and parents to bring out their children for the forth-coming immunization against meninigities and measles campaign exercise.

The Director of Immunization, Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Fati Sheikh Abdullahi made the call during a one-day sensitization and orientation meeting organized by the agency for partners and stakeholders on

Meninigities and measles campaign held at Dogon Koli Hotel, Minna on Wednesday.

Dr. Fati Abudullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to educate, inform and sensitize the stakeholders on their expected role in the forth-coming meninigities/measles campaign scheduled to commence in the state soon.

According to her, the engagement of the partners and stakeholders in the exercise was to enable them enlighten as well as inform their subjects and parents on the importance if immunization saying that every child in the state is expected to be immunized against the deadly disease.

The director immunization disclosed further that their involvement in the campaign was also aimed to achieve results pointing out that doing it alone in the past was not yielding positive results and that was why the agency decided this time around to involve all the stakeholders including the media.

She however explained that the forth-coming meningitis and measles campaign will cover children from age bracket of nine months to five years and 59 months for measles while that of meningities will take care of 2 years  to 5 years and 59 months respectively, stressing that the immunization does not cover meningitis and measles alone but other diseases such as hepatitis and tetanus among others.

On the number of local government areas to be covered in the state by the health workers trained for the exercise, the director immunization however, disclosed that the Agency was still working on them because of logistics and personels to be involved.

Good will messages were delivered at the occasion by representatives from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), WHO, UNICEF among others.

The meningitis and measles campaign according to the director immunization Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency is expected to hold in the next two weeks.