Polio eradication: Partners rate Ondo high
By Adekola Afolabi
Development partners in the Primary Health Care have rated Ondo State high in Primary Health Care activities in the state.
According to the development partners, Ondo state is performing well in most of the indicators of Primary Health Care activities in the state, particularly in polio eradication where it emerged best among other South West States.
This was revealed yesterday at the 2019 Fourth Quarter meeting of the Ondo State Task Force on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation held at the Babafunke Ajasin Hall, Akure.
Speaking on behalf of the development partners, Mr. Opeyemi Ekun who is also the State Coordinator for the World Health Organisation (WHO), commended Governor Akeredolu, for his commitment to eradicating polio and other childhood killer diseases in the state.
He equally urged the governor to continue to support the primary health care to further improve on the success stories recorded so far.
Speaking at the event, the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, observed that efficient use of vaccines against vaccine preventable diseases are the only sure and effective way of securing the future of the children particularly those that are under five years of age from all the deadly and dreadful preventable diseases including the infamous Poliomyelitis.
He noted that the meeting was very important for the sake of “our children, both born and unborn and the future of the state and Nigeria at large”, saying that prevention is better than cure.
The governor explained that the Penta-3 coverage for the quarter under review (October -December 2019) is 86% as compared with 79% coverage third quarter, noting that this has placed state in the first position in Routine Immunisation coverage in Nigeria.
Akeredolu particularly congratulated all members of the Task Force for taking up the challenges of being part of the fight against polio and other childhood killer diseases.
“We should all continue to build upon our collective stand and strong belief that immunisation is a gospel we must not be weary of spreading and actualising. One wrong step in the planning and implementation of immunization activities can cost the state the lives of hundreds of thousands of our future leaders.
“It is important to note that the struggle to kick polio and other childhood killer diseases out of the country continues and Ondo State has been very active in the scene since 1996, and it gladdens my heart to say here that our Sunshine State, Ondo State, under our leadership is now more than ever committed to the struggle, he noted.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, said the meeting was to discuss way forward in eradicating polio and other childhood killer diseases and also to strengthen routine immunisation in the state.
He lauded the state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the improved performance of the state in most of the indicators of primary health care activities assessed by WHO and NPHCDA.
The event was attended by Primary Health care workers, Development Partners, caretaker chairmen in the state, iyalojas and iyalajes, religious leaders and traditional rulers among others