Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Africa Vaccination Week: Obaseki Charges Stakeholders on Immunisation, Assures Rural Reach

Lauretta Omosogha

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called on stakeholders to intensify efforts to ensure that children are vaccinated against ailments and diseases that deprive them of a healthy, fulfilling life.

The governor, who said this in commemoration of the Africa Vaccination Week celebrated from April 23 to 29, said that the call became necessary owing to the growing importance of vaccination of children to stem infant mortality and safeguard their future.

“The week marked as one of the initiatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Office for Africa’s effort to ramp up sensitisation on the need for immunisation,” he expressed.

From his words: “We have recorded modest success in the state’s immunisation campaign due to a reward system that saw each local government jostle to get every child at the ward level take the vaccine.”

Noting that the state government is setting up structures to sustain the gains recorded and also get more support from the rural communities, he said, “We will not relent in this campaign.

"Already, the local government chairmen have picked the baton from us and are aggressively pursuing the immunisation campaign with renewed vigour.”

According to the governor, the 500 healthcare centres to be built across the wards in the state will also fast- track the delivery of healthcare services, noting that the overall strategy is to ensure that no child is left behind.  

He said the theme for the 2018 commemoration, ‘Vaccines work, Do your part!” draws attention to the need for stakeholders to work together towards ensuring the goals set for immunisation in Nigeria and other parts of Africa are attained.

“We do not just need to work together, we need to ensure that we are not working at cross-purpose to ensure that efforts align and that the mission to reach every Nigerian child with vaccines is accomplished.”

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