Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Friday vowed to deal with health workers indulging in sharp practices in the state primary health care development board.
Akeredolu stated this at flag off ceremony of 2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign (MVC ).
The campaign took place in Idanre in Idanre Local Government area of the state.
“I have set up a panel of inquiry to fish out some elements in primary health care development board engaging in sharp practices.
” Those that refuse to dispense drugs given to them and other means of corruption will not be spared.
” This money is from our partners that must be spent accordingly and those caught culpable will be exposed.
” No amount of protests will stop us to dismiss them when caught, ” he said.
The governor urged the board staff to be honest and transparent, saying that they should strive to do more.
According to the governor, the state has done very well in immunisation and other healthcare delivery.
He added that the state was among the states that had topped encouraging immunisation chart.
“The former governor piloted a lot of ideas and policies in the sector and we have determined to build on his work.
” We are targeting above 90 per cent in primary health care, though we are doing well but can do better,” he stated.
He, therefore, urged parents and guardians to cooperate with government to reduce causes of high mortality in children through immunisation.
Earlier, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state Commissioner for Health, said that measles was a dreaded disease that killed 800,000 children in the world.
Adegbenro added that, as a medical doctor,measles seen children being blind because of measles as well as causing deafness and brain damage.
“The life-long agony that parents bear, seeing their children or wards have these permanent complications of measles is better imagined,” he said.
The commissioner noted that the government was highly committed to reducing childhood morbidity and mortality.
He thanked the governor and his wife for releasing N16.7 million of the counterpart funds for the year measles immunisation and various health care programmes for children respectively.
Adegbenro noted that the measles immunisation would be in two phases, adding that the first phase would be from March 8 to March 13 in 10 local government areas and the remaining eight local government areas would have theirs from March 15 to March 20.
The commissioner thanked the doggedness of primary health workers and health partners in the implementation of the measles vaccination.