Ogun Govt. Reaffirms Commitment to Polio Eradication
Ogun State Government has reaffirmed its determination to kick polio out of its communities, especially the borders and hard to reach areas.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, stated this while monitoring the ongoing Outbreak Response, OBR, campaign against polio virus in Southwest, Nigeria in Imoba Community in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Dr Ipaye, who noted that an estimated number of one point two million under five children were expected to be reached irrespective of their origin during the ongoing campaign, pointed out that deliberate efforts were being made to target border communities, which he said were more susceptible to outbreak due to the migration of people.
Also, the Head Technical Officer, World Health Organization, WHO, Dr. Richard Banda noted that the state was peculiar due to the porous nature its border areas, stressing that it was important that stakeholders take inter-border immunization seriously.
Representative of United Nations Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, Dr. Hayam Nam said the OBR became necessary to eradicate the virus in the state and the country at large.
In their separate responses, the Secretary, Imoba Community Development Association and a mother, Mr. Samuel Ogunyemi and Mrs Amope Subair both appreciated the government in its efforts to ensure that children in the state were vaccinated and protected against killer diseases.