Any child without birth registration will soon be disallowed from enrolling into primary schools in Ondo State
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu stated this at the flag off of the 2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign at Idanre Local Government Area of the state.
Measles is an infectious viral disease, which causes fever and a red rash, typically occurring in childhood.
Symptoms may include runny nose, dry hacking cough. conjunctivitis, or swollen eyelids, inflamed and watery eyes.
Measles causes mortality, blindness, deafness, and mental retardation in children.
This is why the Ondo State Government is taking no chance in ensuring that over Seven hundred thousand children between nine months and five years of age are immunized during the two weeks exercise, as explained by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro.
Dr Adegbenro who said the vaccine would be administered on children in Churches, Mosques and all Primary Health Care Centres as against the usual house-to-house method added that government had paid Sixteen Point Seven Million Naira as counterpart funds for the exercise.
In a remark, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu charged parents to make their children available for the immunization, noting that birth registration would soon be made compulsory as part of requirements for a child’s enrollment in primary schools across the state.
Mr Akeredolu, who decried the agony that parents bear seeing their children or wards with permanent complications of measles, directed all Local Government Chairmen across the state to ensure that every child got immunized.
The Immunization against measles is expected to end by the 20th of this month.
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