Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors without Borders (DwBs) is partnering Borno State government on measles vaccination campaign for children in Maiduguri and its environs.
The Borno Field Communication Officer of MSF, Abdulkareem Yakubu said this in a statement in Maiduguri on Monday. Yakubu said the five-day exercise was in response to rising cases of measles in Maiduguri and its environs.
He said the campaign for children between six months and nine years was expected to reach 103,823 children living in Gwange Ward and 277,395 children in informal camps in Bolori Ward in Maiduguri. “MSF teams are also supporting the state government to vaccinate 34,290 children in Khaddamari, a town close to Zabarmari, from where a large number of measles cases have emerged,” Yakubu said.
He noted that MSF started receiving children with measles in December last year in Gwange Paediatric Hospital in Maiduguri.
Yakubu noted that access to health care, including vaccination, had been difficult for some communities outside Maiduguri due to security situation.