By Asma’u Ahmad
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Development Board has commenced a mop up vaccination on measles to ensure all the children in the territory were immunised.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Mathew Ashikeni, made this known to media men in Abuja on Monday.
Newsmen recall that the two weeks measles vaccination which ended last Thursday targeted 619,000 children from nine months to five years.
Ashikeni explained that the need for mop up became necessary to ensure all the missed children during the main exercise were captured.
He said that the mop up will be held in Abuja Municipal Area Council and some wards in the five other area councils.
“This mop up exercise which we just commenced on Sunday will last for one week and our goal is to ensure we achieve 100 per cent coverage.
“And within this period, the vaccines will be available in our health centres and hospitals to ensure children who could not get it during the just concluded immunisation will be given the opportunities to be vaccinated,” he said.
The scribe appealed to parents and caregivers whose children were not immunised to bring them out for the mop up exercise.
He said that in spite the few cases of missed children, the vaccination had recorded a tremendous success in the territory.