Mothers and caregivers have been encouraged to continue to immunize their children against vaccine-preventable diseases notwithstanding the partial lockdown in the country.
The Imo State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, made the call during a sensitization meeting organized for journalists in Owerri.
Mr. Ekeocha stressed the need for immunization against measles, polio and other childhood killer diseases.
The NOA State Director appealed to the media to pay more attention to health related issues, especially as it concerned the lives of pregnant women and children under the age of five.
Mr. Ekeocha used the forum to appeal to Nigerians to disabuse their minds on rumours about vaccines but remain committed to routine immunization to protect lives.
The State Immunization Officer, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Chibuzo Okoroama, described measles as one of the leading causes of deaths in children.
He urged mothers to ensure that their wards were fully immunized to reduce infant mortality.