Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has promised to mobilise grassroots people in April 2018 immunisation.
Akeredolu said this on Saturday at Igbara Oke in Ifedore Local Government area of the state, at the flag off ceremony of April 2018 Round of National Immunisation Plus Dqays ( NIPDs).
” We hold it a sacred mandate to put the welfare of our people as paramount and we shall mobilise all and sundry to participate in this programme.
“We enjoin parents, guardians and all adults living in the state to give this intervention the required attention,” he said.
Represented by his deputy Agboola Ajayi, the governor noted that only collective efforts could kick polio and other dreaded diseases out.
According to him, children under years shall be administered the vaccine starting from Saturday to Tuesday.
The governor asked unquantifiable support of health workers to capture 100 per cent of the programme’s targets.
Also speaking, Dr Wahab Adegbenro,the state Commissioner for Health, said that Federal Government in collaboration with the state government had put together the programme again to engender a wider coverage of the oral polio vaccination in the state.
Adegbenro noted that polio is still of public health concern in Nigeria.
He added that in order to get the country rid off polio, there was need for healthcare team to do more.
” NIPDs is therefore one of the national strategies put in place to guarantee a polio-free Nigeria and by extension reduce the disease burden and mortality rate of children who are less than the age of five years,” he said.
According to him, the state governor will continue to support the NIPDs and other supplemental immunisation so that routine immunisation activities in all health services could be fortified for improved coverage.
The commissioner noted that there might be need for more immunisation outreach sessions to be conducted by all 576 primary health facilities across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Adegbenro, therefore, thanked the state governor, for heeding health need of people by giving tireless support for healthcare activities.
Speaking on behalf of other partners, Mrs Atinuke Ogundare of African Epidemiology Networks, ( AFENET), encouraged parents and guardians to make sure that all children between 0 to 59 months were immunised.
Ogundare aasured the government of continued support for good healthcare of children and women.
Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Board, thanked the state government for its passion and commitment towards health sector especially to the primary health.