Nigeria has one of the highest cases of children unvaccinated against measles.
Reflective of the World Health Organisation’s, WHO, report that Nigeria has over nine per cent of children worldwide who are unvaccinated against measles, health authorities in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area and Zauro development areas of Kebbi State uncovered 93 fresh cases of Measles in remote communities.
The Director of Health in the area, Yusuf Sani, said this in an interview in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
Mr. Sani said the fresh cases were uncovered in 13 remote settlements, including Bori, Anguwar Kayi, Dukko, Kalango, Anguwar Ali modu and Burga.
Other settlements affected are Sabuwa, Gargariya, Akwara, Angwar Gero and Takalafiya in Fadama Zauro development area.
37 cases of measles had earlier been uncovered with five deaths recorded.
Mr. Sani, however, said the victims had been treated while preventive drugs had also been provided to 300 children that had not been infected.
“Out of the 93 fresh cases uncovered, no deaths had been recorded but efforts would be made to ensure that the scattered locations of the settlements were reached and medication provided”, the director further stated.
He said health officials would ensure that severe cases were isolated for effective monitoring and cure to prevent spread.
“We would work closely with national and international health organisations to contain the spread of the disease that had emerged a menace a month ago,” the health director said. “We would enlighten parents on the relevance for preventive measures and prompt treatment to avoid spread of the airborne disease.”
The World Health Organisation, had last Thursday in a report, announced that nine per cent of 20 million children who did not receive the first dose of vaccine against measles in 2011 are Nigerian children.
The global organisation said 1.7 million Nigerian children did not receive the first dose of the vaccine in 2011.
The organisation recommends that every child should receive two doses of measles vaccine.