Lagos State Government has disclosed that it will commence the 2022 Integrated Measles Vaccination Campaign for children aged 9 to 59 months on June 17

The State Commissioner for Health Akin Abayomi

Making the announcement at a press briefing on Wednesday, the state commissioner for health Akin Abayomi disclosed that the exercise which is scheduled to hold between June 17 and 24 and from June 27 to July 4 in all 57 local government and local council development areas of the state will target about five million children.

“The measles vaccine will be provided to children aged 9 to 59 months with Vitamin A supplements for children aged 6-59 months. Routine immunisation services will be available from birth up to 23 months, while COVID vaccination will also be available for adults who are 18 years and above as part of our integrated vaccination campaign approach,” he said.

According to Mr Abayomi, the state government will conduct an Integrated Measles Campaign in the state in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and other development partners in accordance with the National Measles Elimination Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

Mr. Abayomi also mentioned that the measles vaccination exercise will be incorporated with other primary healthcare services and regular immunisation to enhance efficiency and performance, particularly at the primary healthcare level, while also allowing parents and caregivers to access multiple services at once.

He noted that the campaign will be split into two streams, each lasting eight days, to maximize resources and guarantee that all eligible people are contacted during the campaign.

The first stream will take place in Agege, Ajeromi, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry, Ibeju, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Surulere LGAs from Friday, June 17 to Friday, June 24.

The second stream will run from Monday, June 27th to Monday, July 4th, 2022, and will cover the LGAs of Apapa, Epe, Eti-Osa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Ojo, and Somolu.

Urging all, including religious, community, and political leaders, to lend their support to ensure that children are protected against childhood preventable diseases,  the commissioner appealed  to parents and caregivers to ensure that the target population of children in Lagos participates in the vaccination exercise.