Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Primary Health Care Board in conjunction with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have engaged media, stakeholders across the state at a one-day Media Orientation On Measles Awareness Campaign.
Addressing journalists at the campaign, in Akure, the state capital, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said for the fact that COVID-19 is ravaging the world, does not mean other deadly diseases have gone on holiday.
Dr. Adegbenro who disclosed that routine immunization has been ongoing throughout the lockdown period, stressed that mothers are not to jeopardize the health of their children by refusing to take them to clinic for routine immunization.
He advised the mothers to continue to access health services available to them by the government to curb and cure diseases, saying vaccines have been stored up in strategic places across the state to meet the needs of the people.
Also while responding, the Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu said despite the fact that COVID-19 brought panic in all spheres of life and has succeeded in diverting the attention of people away from other routine health issues, there is the need for the people to take routine immunization seriously in order to prevent other deadly diseases like Measles, Tuberculosis, Diphtheria among others which are taking toll on the health of the people.
“Ondo State has attained remarkable feats in the health sector and as part of efforts to consolidate on its achievement, routine immunization hours of service is now accessible from 8am-7pm, and the number of days increased to 3 times for centres in remote areas and 5 times a week at the busy centre” he said.