By Orunbon Ademola, Ogun
In view of the critical role child healthcare plays in the economic growth of a nation, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said his administration would place high premium on primary health.
Governor, represented by his wife, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun made this known in Ijebu Ode during the flag off ceremony of the 2nd Round Outbreak Respond (OBR) campaign, saying no child in the State would suffer disability or die as a result of any vaccine preventable diseases.
“We know the role that child healthcare plays in the economic growth of a nation, hence our administration is committed to ensuring that no child suffers any disabilities as result of any vaccine preventable diseases,” He said.
Governor Abiodun, through the Primary Health Care Board’s Press Officer, Mrs Shola Ogunbanwo, explained that the polio Outbreak Response (OBR) kick started in April 2019 as a result of the need to improve health immunity of the children btw the ages 0 to 59 month against oral polio virus diseases, adding that since ten years ago Ogun had remained polio free until the recent outbreak in the South-West.
“In almost ten years , Ogun did not record any wild polio virus. As a result of this, our dear state has successfully maintained this till 2019,” He noted.
State Governor said the his administration was committed to efficient and qualitative healthcare of the Children in the State by supporting the campaign for effective exercise, noting that the Oral POLIO Vaccine(OPV) would prevent children from contracting the disease as well as interupt the transmission.
He appreciated and commended the development partners for their technical support improving the health forward in the State, urging mothers, parents, religious leaders as well as community leaders to avail the children between the ages 0 to 59 months the opportunity to be vaccinated during the exercise.
In his remark,the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Ayinde Adesanya appealed to parents to immunize their children, saying the vaccine was of top quality that would strengthen their immunity against child crippling diseases.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of the board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola urged all to ensure that the polio virus be completely eradicated in the State.
In their separate good will messages, the State Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Sunday Abidoye, the Representative, United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Mrs Florence Moloku and the Representative, Rotary International, Dr. Festus Adetomiwa pledged the maximum support of their various organizations towards achieving universal health coverage in the state, saying they would continue to provide necessary technical assistance at all times.
In her welcome address, the Head of Local Government Administration, Ìjèbú Ode Local Government, Mrs. Feyisayo Ogunneye commended the state Governor for flagging off the exercise in due course, saying that the administration’s focus on primary healthcare was a step in the right direction at providing quality and affordable health for all.
On their parts, Mrs Adeola Ogunneye and Azeezat Abdullah on behalf of mothers and caregivers at the event both commended the state Government for making the health of children in the state top on their agenda, adding that they would inform others to make their under five children and wards available during and after the exercise for immunization at all times.