The Kebbi Government has deployed 215 special measles vaccination teams to effectively cover communities at the border of Benin and Niger Republic in the state.
Hajiya Halima Dikko, Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, said this during the official inauguration of the 2017/2018 measles vaccination campaign on Saturday in Bagudo.
Dikko said the state had trained and deployed 1131 teams for the entire exercise, adding that the exercise commenced on Nov. 9 in 11 local government areas (LGAs) of the state.
She said the exercise was in two phases, with 11 local government areas benefiting from the first phase.
These LGAs are: Bagudo, Dandi, Danko Wasagu, Fakai, Koko Besse, Ngaski, Sakaba, Suru, Yauri and Zuru.
She added that the state would mop up and review the exercise before the commencement of the second phase of the exercise, which begins on Nov. 19 and ends on Nov. 24.
Dikko said the second phase of the exercise would be conducted in Aliero, Arewa, Argungu, Augie, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza, Gwandu, Jega, Kalgo, and Maiyama local government areas.
According to her, the state intends to vaccinate not less than 850,000 children at the end of the exercise.
Similarly, the State Governor, Sen Abubakar Bagudu, urged traditional leaders and other key stakeholders to support the exercise.
He, however, appealed to the leadership of herdsmen and fishermen, to ensure that all eligible children, especially the children around border towns are adequately vaccinated against measles.
Bagudu said Bagudo local government area was one of the largest local government areas in the state, adding that the local government shared borders with Benin Republic
According to him, there was a high influx of people from the neighbouring Benin and Niger Republic through Bagudo.
While speaking on behalf of the partners, Mr Yahaya Akuso, State Coordinator, National Primary Health Care Development Agency commended the timely release of funds for the exercise.
He reiterated that the commitment of partners to work with the state would bring better health outcomes.