Niger recorded outbreak of measles in 13 local government areas of the state during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Dr Fatima Abdullah, Director, Immunization and Diseases Control, disclosed this during a one-day media orientation on measles immunisation awareness on Friday in Minna.
She explained that during the lockdown, many caregivers did not take their children to health facilities for routine immunisation, which she attributed to the fear of contracting the virus.
“Even though the health facilities were opened for 24 hours services, many parents failed to take their children for routine immunisation because they were afraid of contracting Coronavirus.
“All services such as routine immunisation, antenatal and family planning were available to serve everyone, but most mothers failed to access the service during the lockdown,” she said.
Abdullah solicited the support of the media in creating awareness on the need for mothers to take their children to health facility within their ward for immunisation while observing the COVID-19 containment regulations.
The local government areas are; Bida, Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Kontagora, Mariga, Mashegu, Rafi, Gbako, Shiroro, Tafa, Suleja, Lavun, adding that Bosso, Munya and Suleja have high records of outbreaks within the last one month.