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Nigeria launches campaign to tackle measles, meningitis



The Nigerian government has launched a large-scale campaign to vaccinate children in 19 northern states.

The campaign is part of the effort to boost the immunity of children against measles and meningitis in the country.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains a major cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in a statement said the government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO, with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, kicked off the campaign to reach more than 28 million children with life-saving vaccines.

The states to benefit from the campaign are Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Kaduna and Sokoto.

 Others are Gombe Jigawa, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Yobe, Zamfara, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory.

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