Governor Okezie lkpeazu of Abia State today, Friday, July 30, 2021 flagged off the 2nd round of Outbreak Response, OBR for Polio vaccination campaign, with a call on Health Workers in the State to brace up to the challenges of the campaign to contain the spread of the virus, using the novel vaccine nOPV2.
Ikpeazu made the call at Umuahia South local government headquarters, Apumiri, Ubakala during the flag off ceremony, pointing out that traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and stakeholders should be fully involved in the programme by ensuring that children from 0-59 months, or 0-5 years are given two drops of nOPV2.as well as other routine immunization Antigens according to schedules in health and immunization centres nearest to them.
The governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu expressed happiness that the first round of the OBR campaign was successfully implemented between the 19th – 22nd June 2021 in all the LGAs, saying the programme only recorded some levels of non-compliance in some areas of Aba South and Ukwa East.
He reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the success of the 2nd round and disclosed that the greatest challenge facing all and the present administration is to sustain their love and concern for Abia children by tenaciously sticking to the immunization of every single child in the state, irrespective of their previous immunization status.
This, he observed, will save the lives and mortality of under 5 years children as well as contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals No 3 which is “Good Health And Wellbeing For All Ages”.
The state’s chief executive commended the unwavering efforts of the federal government through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and partners like WHO and UNICEF for their commitment in the support for maternal and child survival in the state.
These institutions, the governor stated, have been meeting their obligations in the partnership.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deaconess Franca Ekwueme pointed out that the child and health friendly Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu is not relenting in his resolve to protect every child in the state from being affected by the Polio virus.
The Health Commissioner opined that the vaccine is a potent tool that reduces the spread of the poliomyelitis virus and encouraged mothers to present their children from 0-5 years for vaccination to save them from deadly childhood diseases.
Presenting his address, the Chairman, Umuahia South LGC, Chief Humphrey Benson represented by his wife, Mrs Esther Humphrey stated that the flag off is a proactive step taken to prevent the new strain of the virus identified in Aba River in Aba North LGA from transmitting and infecting humans and advised everyone to take the immunization procedures seriously.
The ceremony which featured goodwill messages from WHO and other partners read by the WHO representative, Dr N E Okoro, futured the administering of the vaccines on children as well as presentation of gifts to mothers.
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