Outcome of a multi-state measles campaign coverage in south-east, Nigeria

  • Onyinye Hope Chime
  • Chinonyelu Jennie Orji
  • Abdulazeez Yahaya


Background:Nigeria, a signatory to the Global Vaccine Action Plan  2012–2020 has been conducting measles campaigns biannually as a key strategy for reaching measles elimination goal by the year 2020.
Objective: This 2017/18 post measles campaign coverage survey was  carried out in South-Eastern Nigeria to determine the coverage of measles vaccination in the region.
Methods: Data was obtained from the 2018 post measles campaign  coverage survey report involving households and children aged between 9-59months in 30 enumeration areas in each of the 5 states in South-Eastern Nigeria. A WHO EPI survey instrument was used for data collection. Data was analysed using Stata version 14.
Results: A total of 1,161 (81.6%) of children in the region had received  measles vaccine before the campaign. State-level coverage before the  campaign ranged between 71.9% - 90.4%. During the campaign, only Anambra state (95.7%) had coverage above 95% target. Abia state  (11.3%) had the highest proportion of respondents uninformed about the campaign.Majority of the respondents obtained information about the campaign from community health workers (33.6%), none from the internet.
Conclusion: Survey results highlighmeasles vaccine coverage gaps in South-East Nigeria. In order to achieve the 95% proposed measles vaccination coverage in this region, routine immunization and  supplementary immunization activities should be intensified.

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