By Kemi Olatunde
Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency(OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Akanbiemu has charged health workers in the state to be more committed to their duties especially now that Nigeria has been certified wild polio virus free.
He gave the charge during the planting of a legacy tree to mark the eradication of wild polio virus in the state at the agency yesterday.
While stressing the need for health workers to see the tree as one to be nurtured, he noted that it is important that they make analysis of their strength and proffer solution to weaknesses discovered in order to have an improved sector especially in the area of routine immunisation.
He commended the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his support for the health sector especially the primary health care in the state and noted that the agency has received the strongest political commitment in the last three and half years.
According to him, the primary health care authority at the health centres have been enjoying adequate funding from government due to the governor’s interest in immunisation.
Akanbiemu however expressed appreciation to the various partners for giving their support and needed tools for achieving the milestone.
In her goodwill message, representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Mrs. Itse Olaoye while describing the journey as that of hard work, dedication and teamwork, she thanked stakeholders for being the live changers and recognised those who lost their lives in the course of the journey saying “their effort is not in vain.”
While expressing hope that the legacy trees serve as shade for out reaches etc, she however charged health workers on the need to nurture the fragile achievement recorded.
Representative, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Hajia Khadijat Ogundare who described the certification as a big joy to Nigeria, appreciated Ondo State for coming up with the event and added that the tree is significant for the wild polio eradication status of the state.
She however urged stakeholders to be more committed in order to boost the state routine immunisation.
Also UNICEF representative in the state, Mr Tunde Ayoade stressed the need for stakeholders to strive to improve the routine immunisation coverage in the state.