Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in Nigeria

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A child having their fingernail marked as an indication of having received a vaccine in Maiduguri, Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. (file) Photo: UNICEF/Page

A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than four million children against a measles outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria kicked off today, said the World Health's Organization (WHO).

The two-week-long campaign will target children in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States; areas that have long been affected by conflict, and where some areas remain inaccessible to health workers.

WHO reported more than 1,500 suspected measles cases in the Borno State alone that occurred between September and December last year.

Andita Listyarini has been speaking to Dr Rex Mpazanje of WHO Nigeria about how threatening the outbreak is in the country.

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