No fewer than 51,000 children in Daura Local Government area of Katsina State are to be vaccinated against measles in the next six days.
The acting chairman of the Local Government Council, Lawal Kado, gave the figure at the flag-off of the exercise in Daura on Thursday.
Mr Kado, who said the immunisation would last for six days in 11 wards of the council area, added that competent officials had been deployed to monitor the exercise.
The acting chairman commended UNICEF and WHO for resilience in promoting the health of children in Nigeria.
Earlier, the representative of WHO, Umoe Gfrida, hailed Daura Local Government for supporting immunization programmes .
She therefore called on parents to take advantage of the opportunity to immunise their children against measles, which she described as a killer-disease.
“A healthy child is a glorious nation,” she said.
Ahmed Murtala, Head of the Health Department of the council, said that 68 teams had been engaged for the exercise.
He pointed out that children between the ages of nine months and five years would be vaccinated against the disease.