Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said that killer vaccine does not exist in any part of the state.
He asked parents and other stakeholders to join hands with his administration to prevent the outbreak of measles in the state.
Akeredolu spoke yesterday during the flag-off of the 2018 measles vaccination campaign in Idanre.
According to him, his administration has released the sum of N16.7 million as counterpart fund for this year’s edition of the measles vaccination campaign.
He said the release of the money demonstrated government’s resolve to join hands with the Federal Government to reduce childhood mortality, especially the ones caused by measles.
“Measles is still one of the killer diseases which we must strive to eradicate,” the governor said, and described immunization as the most cost-effective intervention to nip in the bud the rate of mortality associated with the viral illness.
He added that the ongoing campaign against measles was for the benefit of all children between the ages of nine months and five years.
Akeredolu said: “The 2018 measles vaccination campaign is, therefore, double-edged; an opportunity of a booster dose for children who might have had the routine measles immunization at nine months of life, as well as an opportunity of measles vaccination for eligible children who might have missed the previous dose at nine months of life.
Phase one of the campaign is beign carried out in 10 local government: Odigbo, Ilaje, Okitipupa, Irele, Ese-Odo, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo, Ondo West, Ondo East, Ifedore and Idanre .
It will end on Thursday, March 13, while phase two will begin on Thursday, March 15, in Akoko North-East, Akoko North-West, Akoko South-East, Akoko South-West, Ose, Owo, Akure North and Akure South .
It ends on Tuesday, March 20.