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WHO supports measles Campaign targeting millions of children in Nigeria


More than 28 million children in northern Nigeria will be protected against measles and meningitis through an immunization campaign carried out by the authorities alongside international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

The campaign got underway on Saturday and is being implemented by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles continues to be a leading killer of children globally, according to WHO.

"The measles vaccine remains the most cost effective preventive measure against measles and WHO is committed to supporting the Nigerian government in reaching every eligible child in the country with the needed vaccines irrespective of their location," said Dr Fiona Braka, the UN agency's Team Lead of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Allafrica

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