Ogun polio-free for eight straight year –Govt

The Ogun State Primary Health Care Board has said it would continue with its new strategy aimed at capturing more eligible children under the ages of zero to five years to ensure total eradication of polio in the state.

He said this was in compliance with global standards on campaign against polio.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, made this known when he led the State Monitoring Team of year 2017, National Immunisation Plus Days to Ijebu-Ode, during the second round of the programme

Ipaye maintained that the state government, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, was committed to making the state polio-free as the state had not recorded any case of polio since 2009.

“Ogun has remained a polio-free state since 2009 and we don’t want to rest on our oars, as we will continue to maintain our status as polio-free state.

“We thank the government for their efforts and the good people of the state for standing resolutely for our vendors for the immunisation,” Ipaye said.

He commended the religious leaders, schools, houses visited as well as the parents and guardians for being receptive of government’s effort at ensuring the complete well being of children across the state, adding that government could not have recorded huge success without the support of people.

In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, urged the health workers to strive harder in order to cover the areas allocated to them, including the remote areas.

He admonished parents and guardians to make their children available for the vaccine, noting that it was the only way the government could totally eradicate polio in the country.

“When you bring out your child for vaccination, then you have helped us, you are a stakeholder in the process,” Aigoro said.

Responding, the Amir of Zutfullahi Aaliyah Al-Islamiyah Foundation, Mr. Abdul Alawiye, appreciated the government’s efforts and also pleaded with the state government to do more in ensuring that no child is missed out during the exercise

Source: Punch

May 9, 2017

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