By Fasilat Lawal 

The media has crucial role to play in ensuring that the public is well informed about the importance of vaccinating children. 

Oyo State Coordinator of World Health Organization, WHO, Dr Phillip Zorto stated this at the commemoration of this year’s African Vaccination Week held at Oranyan Primary Health Care Board Ibadan. 

Dr Zorto affirmed that adequate Sensitization on indispensability of vaccination is key to protecting children from any form of disease from childhood to Adulthood. 

Dr Zoro Emphasized that the African Vaccination Week is   celebrated on the continent  to create more awareness and educate people about the importance of vaccination as well as to  correct myths and misconception about it. 

In an address, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muideen Olatunji who was represented by Director of Logistics, Mr Kehinde Olabode noted that introduction of vaccination to Africa Countries had drastically reduced cases of death among new born children before they attain the age of one, and called on parents to always present their children for vaccination to prevent childhood diseases, and to ensure they grow properly. 

He advised parents and guardians to properly keep their children Vaccination cards as they may need them in the future. 

Speaking on recent Measles Out break in the state, Dr Olatunji said the Agency had stepped up Surveillance team  to ensure Health Workers Visit every nooks and crannies of the state to attend to unvaccinated Children and  for other medical attention.

Earlier in an address of Welcome, Medical Officer Of Health, Ibadan South East  Local government, Dr Modupe Akinyemi who was represented by Mrs Tolulope Olusola_Jimoh appreciated Health Patners for their support in ensuring quality health care drive in the state.

In a good will message, a Deputy Director, National primary Healthcare Development Agency  Oyo State Office, Mr Paul Alasan and Representative of UNICEF in Oyo State, Mr Samuel Olatunji enjoined Mothers to properly position their children when  breastfeeding and ensure they practice six months exclusive breastfeeding to boost their immunity. 

High points of the event were songs session, practical way to properly breastfeed and administering of Vaccines to Children.

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