The Ogun State Primary Health Care Board (OGSPHCB) 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. It said this was in compliance with world standard on campaign against polio.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, made this known when he led the State Monitoring Team of year 2017, National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), to Ijebu-Ode, during the second round of the programme
Dr. Ipaye, maintained that the state government, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), was committed to making the state Polio-free as the state had not recorded any case of polio since 2009.
“Ogun has remained 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 immunization”, Ipaye said.
He commended the religious leaders, schools, houses visited as well as the parents and guardians for being receptive of government effort at ensuring the complete well being of children across the state, adding that government could have not 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 the parents and guardians to make their child 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 vaccine then you have helped us, you are a stakeholder in the process”, Aigoro said.
Responding, the Amir of Zutfullahi Aaliyah Al-Islamiyah Foundation, Alh. Abdul Alawiye appreciated the government’s effort and also pleaded with the state government to do more in ensuring that no child is missed out during the exercise.