Monkey Pox Scare: Biafra Agitators Nearly Marred Measles Vaccination Campaign in Abia

Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia

Monkey Pox scare and Biafra agitators nearly marred the success of the just concluded statewide measles vaccination campaign between March 8 – 20 in Abia State, Thisage has gathered.

The campaign was targeted at children of between the ages of nine months to five years to boast their immunity as health experts are reported to have suggest that one single dose of vaccine may not be enough.

The Educator, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Mrs. Meg Onwu stated this in an interview with our correspondent at the end of the campaign in her office in Umuahia, the state capital.

She said the resistance came from private schools and Biafra agitator especially in Aba axis, adding that with the intervention of the traditional rulers and other stakeholders, the opposition capitulated.

The educator expressed appreciation to the state Ministry of Education, faith-based organisations, intervention and donor agencies for partnering with the agency for the success of the campaign.

Onwu said based on data available to the agency at the close of mop-up exercise for the campaign, the state was very close to achieving the success mark of 92 percent set by the intervention agencies.

Ahead of the kick-off of the campaign, she had said it was specifically targeted against the virus and is therefore going to be different from the normal scheduled house to house routine integrated immunisation programme.

She cautioned both parents and caregivers who refuse to make their children or wards available to immunisations and vaccination of their children, their families and the society.