Gombe trains 3,000 health workers for measles vaccination

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Gombe State Government has trained no fewer than 3,000 health personnel for measles vaccination scheduled for Nov. 30.

Alhaji Sallau Malami, the state Health Educator, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, disclosed this on Tuesday in Gombe.

He said arrangements had been put in place for the success of the exercise.

“We have trained not less than 3,000 personnel who are going to conduct that activity; they were all properly trained and qualified for the exercise,” he said.

Malami said campaigns were underway to enlighten people in their respective communities, especially through the use of traditional rulers, on the need to immunise their children.

According to him, the campaign, which is in two phases, will cover six local government areas of Nafada, Funakaye, Dukku, Balanga, Billiri and Kaltungo in the first phase.

The official said the first phase would take place from Nov. 30. to Dec. 5.

He said the second phase to take place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12 will cover the remaining council areas – Shongom, Kwami, Akko, Yamaltu/Deba and Gombe.

Malami said the exercise would be conducted in all health facilities, district head palaces and schools across the state.

He called on parents to take advantage of the opportunity to immunise their children and wards against measles to reduce child mortality.

“The vaccine is very important for every child to take, from nine months to 59 months; the vaccine is 100 per cent safe; it doesn’t have any problem.”

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