The Oyo State Government has deployed 8,351 individuals to serve as House to House mobilizers, facilitators, town announcers and social mobilizers for the on-going 2018 measles immunization across the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan disclosed this on Thursday in Ibadan during the flag-off of the 2018 measles vaccination campaign at Ibadan North Local Government area.
Dr. Adeduntan said that the state governemnt was committed to ensuring that children between the ages of 9months to five years do not die prematurely from measles.
The Commissioner stressed that it is important for mothers and carers to get their children immunized from measles which causes pneumonia, rashes, redness of eyes and lips, rough skin, catarrh, and loss of appetite in children.
He stated that the campaign, which will hold from March 15 to 27 across the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and their LCDAs, will be in two phases with the first phase covering 17 local government areas and the second phase will cover the remaining 16 LGAs.
Dr Adeduntan allayed the fears of mothers over errorneous beliefs that measles vaccine and immunization cause death or mental disorders in children.
He enjoined mothers and carers in the State to cooperate with health officials to immunize their children in all primary health care centres and other designated centres.