EKITI FLAGS OFF CHILDREN’S IMMUNISATION AGAINST MENINGITIS, OTHER KILLER DISEASES
As part of its efforts in promoting health care services, the Ekiti State Government has commenced the administration of a a vaccine to prevent meningitis and other killer diseases among children under five years.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, while flagging off the programme at Okesha Comprehensive Health Centre in Ado Ekiti, explained that the administration of Kayode Fayemi is committed to making health care delivery service available and accessible to the people of the State at all levels.
According to Egbeyemi, the state government in partnership with World Health Organisations (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) had over the years demonstrated commitment at improving the health status of women and children through the introduction of new vaccines into the Expanded programme on Immunization (EPI) schedule.
Such vaccines according to the Deputy Governor included, Pentavalent Vaccine in 2013, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in 2014 and Inactivate Polio Vaccine in 2015.
Egbeyemi who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Tade Aluko, stressed that the introduction of Men “A” vaccine would strengthen the health system and reduce morbidity and mortality of vaccine preventable diseases among children between the age of 0-11months.
The Deputy Governor called on mothers and caregivers to make their eligible children or wards available during the programme to complete their immunisation schedule before their first birthday.
Egbeyemi, who expressed displeasure at the rate lives were lost to meningitis disease on yearly basis, said April 2018 WHO bulletin reported that 1, 207 death were recorded out of the 14,766 cases reported in 2017.
Egbeyemi, lamented that parents’ refusal to avail their children of immunisation was the major cause of the outbreak of immunization preventable diseases.
The Deputy Governor said the vaccine aside preventing individual from contaging immunization preventable diseases also guarantees a healthy environment.
Earlier the Chairman Governing Board of Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the State, Mrs Monisola Oloro in her speech said the objective behind the programme was to promote the practise of completing vaccinations for children under one year.
Oloro revealed that series of communication activities have been put in place to achieve the success of the programme at both Local Government and ward levels.
Also the representative of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr Robert Fagun, while delivering his good will messages said health workers across the country are being trained on how best to administer the vaccine.
Fagun explained that the three antigens that would be administered during the immunization exercise in August would prevent children from measles, yellow fever and meningitis.
The representative of the World Health Organisation Dr. Olufunmilola Kolude, who commended the government’s effort at ensuring that the people of the State get health service at all time and at low or no cost, described the Men “A” vaccine as free, safe, and potent.
The representative of UNICEF in Ekiti state, Mr. Adeyinka Adeogun, in his remarks called on caregivers and mothers to take advantage of the health programmes the government is providing to prevent their children from vulnerable diseases.