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Nigeria: 32 states yet to release counterpart fund for Measles Vaccination campaign
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By Biodun Folarin
September 12, 2017 14:26:36pm GMT      |      Views: 586

WorldStage Newsonline-- Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has confirmed that 32 of the 36 states in the country are yet to fully release their counterpart funds for the 2017-2018 Measles Vaccination campaign to hold between the first quarter of 2017 to first quarter of 2018.

The agency said only Kebbi, Borno, Nasarawa and Imo state had compiled, warning that states that do not released their funds by September 15th, 2017 would not be able to participate in the next measles campaign.

Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, at a press briefing in Abuja that the agency cannot continue to have poor quality campaign as it planned to achieve 95% national coverage.

He listed hte states that had approved their counterpart fund but yet to release as Kaduna, Kano Zamfara and Jigawa.

The states yet to approve the counterpart fund include: (North East Zone) Adamawa, Bauchi, Gobe, Taraba, Yobe; (North West Zone):Kastina and Sokoto.

Others are: North Central Zone: FCT and Plateau; South-South Zone: Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa ibom and Rivers; South West Zone: Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Lagos; South-East Zone: Abia, Anambra, Eboyi and Enugu.

Shuaib, said the number of outbreaks had increased from 166 affecting 140 LGAs to 183 affecting 158 LGAs in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

 He said, “Surveillance data shows that there was a steady increase in measles incidence among children less than 5 years in the North from 190million in 2014 to 527 million in 2016.

“The trend of proportion of measles cases among children aged from 5 and 10 years in the north has been rising steadily since 2014, cumulating in 79.4% and 19.1% respectively in 2016. Southern States, though the incidence decreased from 111million in 2014 to 11million in 2016, the incidence rate is still above the desired less than 5 per million populations.”

He added that, the proportion of measles cases among the under 5 was 59.4% and 5-10 years as 18.7%, adding that key driver of the 20-17/2018 measles campaign were the incidence rate and outbreaks, that the vaccination was focused on children aged 9month to 59 months which will be implemented in phases from October 2017 to March 2018.

Shuaib said despite the success achieved in the reduction of measles related morbidity and mortality through various interventions, Nigeria still accounted significantly to the global measles burden.

According to him, the campaign will commence  in all the north west states between 26th -31st October 2017, while the North East states will implement between 30th November to 5th December 2017; North Central will commence by 1st-6th of February 2018; and Southern state will implement from 8th to 13th of march 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the development partners, World Health Organisation Country Representative, Dr. Wondi Alemu, said “Measles is a highly infectious disease that leads to significant number of death among children in developing countries.

“In developing countries close to 75% of measles cases may have one or more complications, such as pneumonia, diarrhea particularly in malnourish children.

“Nigeria and other African countries have embark on a goal for measles elimination in Africa, the elimination target call for high routine immunization coverage with the first doses of measles  vaccine campaign about 80% at national level, 95% coverage with a second doses  through SIH.”

He thanked the leadership of NPHCDA for preparing high quality campaign for the next two months

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