March 29, 2018
The 2018 Measles Vaccination campaign commenced in Lagos from the 15th to 29th of March 2018 as part of the state's effort to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity from measles infection among children aged 9 months to 5 years. The campaign objective is to immunize at least 95% of eligible children using the measles antigens. The target area is within 20 Local Government Areas-LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas-LCDAs irrespective of a child's previous immunization status.
In supporting Lagos state to take steps towards elimination of measles, JICA assisted the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board in this campaign to reach out hard-to-reach and riverine settlements that are highly populated in 13 LGAs: these areas include Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Eti-Osa, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikeja, Ifako/Ijaye, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland, Ojo and Shomolu. Awareness creation and community mobilization were also supported through purchase of megaphones and the production of jingles in 4 local languages, namely, Yoruba, Hausa, Egun and Pidgin English, which are commonly spoken in hard-to-reach and riverine settlements.
JICA will continue working to improve and enhance maternal and child health in Nigeria. With a project in Lagos state to strengthen pro-poor community health services and create demand for health care at the primary health care centers with a focus on improving quality of health services and access to health services, community engagement, capacity building and coordination of stakeholders. This four and half year project is expected to be completed by December 2018.