By Kemi Olatunde
In continuation of the state government’s efforts to ensure that all eligible children are vaccinated in the state, the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA) in collaboration with World Health Organization are organizing one -day training for operators of private health facilities in three selected Local Government Areas(LGAs) of Ondo State.
The pilot training programme is to bridge the gaps between fully immunized and unimmunized children from care givers who visit private and public health facilities for the care of their Children for Missed Opportunity for Vaccination (MOV).
Speaking on the importance of the training scheme, Director, Disease Control and Immunization , Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Victor Adefesoye who spoke on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, said the exercise will boost the routine immunization in the state and also improve herd immunity in the society.
On measures put in place to ensure compliance of the private health care facilities, he explained that there is monthly supervision and a quarterly review meeting to assess performances, identify gaps and proffer solutions.
According to him, MOV aimed at enabling children who were not opportuned to be vaccinated, to be identified and given the opportunity to be vaccinated.
Giving an overview of MOV intervention in the state, Deputy Director, Disease Control and Immunisation,Dr (Mrs) Olubunmi Olakunde said questionnaires would be issued to private facilities where information on referral and other relevant data would be elicited.
Speaking further, she listed pre assessment of MOV prevalence, policy draft and dissemination, health facility training, monthly supportive supervision by trainers/facilitators and communication among others as the overview.
Also on referral data, she said that since the commencement of data referrals in October 2021 till August 3, there have been 4118 across three LGAs; Akure South, Odigbo and Owo with Akure South taking the lead with 40 percent.
She noted that most private facilities don’t refer and called on them to do so for the health benefit of residents of the state.
Speaking with The Hope, a participant, Mrs Olumide Idowu from a private facility in Akure explained that even the idea of referral don’t go down well with some patients, her facility has always pacify them to ensure that they yield to it.
She called on private facilities to support government in ensuring that all children in the state are vaccinated adding that mothers should ensure up to date immunisation of their children.