By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Government during the weekend commenced another round of Measles Vaccination Campaign for children between o month and 59 months in the state to safeguard them and also ensure a disease-free state.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony in Akure, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Awolowo Ajaka described measles as a dangerous and infectious disease which is capable of killing or causing deformity in affected children.
He stated that vaccination helps in reducing its spread, noting that it is important that parents and other stakeholders are mobilized to ensure that eligible children get vaccinated in the state.
While noting that the vaccination is free as government and partners have paid to ensure survival of children, he stressed the need for children and adults who missed prior vaccination to present themselves during the ongoing exercise especially for the COVID-19 vaccination.
He expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his unflinching support for the health sector especially in the area of immunisation assuring that the present administration will continue to put in place programmes to sustain children in the state.
He called on all to assist government in sensitising residents on the need to embrace the vaccination exercise.
In his opening remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Akanbiemu explained that the exercise will go hand in hand with other antigens including PCG, Yellow Fever vaccine, Vitamin A, COVID-19 etc and other Primary Health Care (PHC) activities in order to attain a healthy society.
According to him, government has invested so much to give qualitative health care to residents noting that significant workforce is on ground to ensure that the exercise is hitch free.
While commending the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his massive investment in PHC and partners for their support for the state, he revealed that necessary measures have been put in place to ensure a successful exercise, stating that health workers will move round communities in the state to ensure the vaccination of eligible children.