Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA to spend N40m on meningitis, measles vaccines for children

The total sum of N40million will be expended on immunisation of 692,695 children across the six area councils of the FCT through the integrated measles and meningitis vaccination campaign.

According to the Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, PHCDB, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, the cost of vaccinating a child in FCT stands at about N600.

Dr. Ndaeyowho disclosed this at a one-day media orientation on meningitis and measles vaccination campaign in the FCT, said the Administration made available the sum of N20million for the weeklong exercise, while the UNICEF and WHO contributed the remaining N20million.

Ndaeyo stated that arrangements have been made to ensure that the vaccination exercise reaches every nooks and crannies of the Territory.

He explained that the vaccines would be administered to children between the ages of one to five years for meningitis vaccines and children between the ages of nine months to five years for measles vaccines, which would be administered in 365 permanent and temporary healthcare facilities in the FCT.

The FCT-PHCDB boss therefore appealed to parents and caregivers in the FCT to make their children and wards available for the vaccines, adding that the vaccines are free, safe and saves lives.

The measles and meningitis vaccination campaign is scheduled for Saturday, 16th to 25th November, 2019.


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