Niger unveils measles vaccination plan for four million children

NIAMEY (AFP) – Niger launched a campaign yesterday to vaccinate more than four million children against measles, one of the biggest causes of child mortality in the country, the Health Ministry said.

The one-week nationwide vaccination programme aims to “eliminate measles by the end of 2020”, Health Minister Illiassou Mainassara said, adding, it “will reach 4.254 million children” aged from nine months up to the age of five.

“Despite all the efforts made in the fight against communicable diseases, we still note the persistence of localised measles epidemics (in Niger),” Mainassara said on his way to the capital Niamey to launch the campaign.