Anambra state government says arrangements have been concluded for the commencement of administration of oral polio vaccine (OPV) together with other routine immunisation antigens on children from 0-59 months irrespective of previous immunisation status.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike while speaking with newsmen said the exercise has been slated to start from Saturday, 21st -Tuesday 24th April 2018 at designated Health facilities offering routine immunisation and other mobile posts.
The State Commissioner who spoke through the Executive Secretary of the Anambra Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu said the state was complying with the schedule set by the National Polio Emergency Operations Centre (NPEOC) for the programme.
Anambra in collaboration with partner agencies is set for the first round immunisation plus days of Oral Polio vaccine and other routine immunisation antigens which would be administered against vaccine preventable diseases to interrupt the circulation of wild polio and reduce the burden of other childhood killer diseases, he said.
Child survival interventions
He pointed out that the state government was fully committed to the programme and would make sure no child was left out, urging parents and caregivers to present their children for the exercise to ensure healthy growth.
We are using house to house sweep method to ensure that every child has the opportunity to get immunised. We intend to scale up other child survival interventions as special teams will also stay at strategic and transit points.
Everybody should note that vaccines are free and safe. Mothers and caregivers should avail themselves of this opportunity, he said.
The Commissioner added that about 1.6million children of 0-59 months are being targeted in the state for immunisation, even as he appreciated partners which includes UNICEF, WHO, NPHCDA, AFANET and Rotary International for providing support services.
Source: Voice of Nigeria