The Lagos State Government, in line with National giudeline, has introduced the second dose of Measles Vaccination into the state’s routine immunization schedule.
To this end, the Lagos State primary healthcare board today organised a one-day meeting with relevant stakeholders in the health sector and agencies.
According to the Director, Health Education Services, primary health care board, Clara Owojuyigbe, the meeting was aimed at sensitizing stakeholders to generate demand for measles second dose in the second year of life, which is from fifteen months.
Owojuyigbe said those who were at increased risk of contracting measles were children under the age of five and those who had not completed their routine immunization, as well as those who had never been vaccinated against measles. She described measles as a very dangerous disease that could spread from an infected person to another.
While encouraging parents and caregivers to ensure their children are immunized, she reiterated government’s commitment at ensuring children were adequately protected from all childhood diseases.
As part of efforts of the Lagos State Government to attain an HIV-free generation, Lagosians have been charged to accesss the free HIV counseling and testing facilities available in their communities, as the State Government seeks to provide testing Services to over twenty thousand people across the fifty-Seven LGAs and LCDAs in the state.
The Chief Executive officer of Lagos state Aids Control Agency, LSACA, Dr. Monsurat Adeleke, made this known at a Press briefing organised by the agency to mark year twenty nineteenth World Aids Day, themed ”Communities makes the difference”, held on Lagos Island.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of LSACA, there is need for the agency to get involved at the Community level, so as to eradicate untimely new infections. World AIDS Day is celebrated on first of December every year, to remember those that had died of the scourge, those living with it and to take stock of various interventions as well as chart ways of ending it.
Dr. Adeleke, while expressing sincere appreciation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu,who also doubles as the Chairman of the agency, for his immense support through increased budgetary allocation, said the initiative was focused at ensuring that ninety percent of people living with HIV ascertained their status, ninety percent of those that tested positive accessed anti-retroviral treatment and ninety percent of those on anti-retroviral treatment experienced suppressed viral load.
The Campaign programme will commence from twenty-Fifth of this month till the first of December twenty nineteenth, when the World AIDS Day is celebrated.