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UN health officials say Nigeria has been experiencing a large outbreak of measles since the beginning of the year, affecting all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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With nearly 29,000 measles cases, including 89 fatalities reported nationally, more than half the outbreak cases are in Borno State (15,237).

The massive outbreak prompted the World Health Organization (WHO), State Ministry of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), UNICEF and Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance to organize a reactive vaccination campaign to provide life-saving vaccines against measles in 2 phases.

As a whole, WHO and its partners successfully vaccinated 1,227,038‬ eligible children across 32 wards in 13 LGAs upon completion of the reactive vaccination campaign on 19 May 2019.

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“Immunization is the best and safest way to protect our children against this serious but preventable disease. Borno State has mobilized, trained and engaged enough health workers, recorders, religious and traditional leaders to ensure that all eligible children in the target 13 LGAs are vaccinated against measles,” said Alhaji Babagana Abiso, Director for Disease Control, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency.  “The State authorities welcome this immunization campaign. We are grateful to WHO, UNICEF and Gavi for making the exercise possible and supporting us in controlling the ongoing outbreak,” he added.

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