By Kemi Olatunde
Stakeholders have been called upon to ensure the successful implementation of the National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) which runs between September 30 and October 4, 2023, in the state.
To this end, parents are to present their children with vaccination cards to enable proper vaccination updates.
Permanent Secretary, of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Akanbiemu made the call yesterday during a state Mobilisation committee meeting on NIPDs in Akure.
He described anyone who prevents the vaccination of children as an antagonist, calling on all private primary schools to cooperate with the agency for proper vaccination in the state.
He stressed the need for participants to be adequately informed to provide accurate answers to residents when they are presented with questions.
In his goodwill message, State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Dele Davies Sunday who stated that it is crucial for the organization to ensure that a large number of children live beyond the age of five stressed the importance of immunization.
While reiterating WHO’s commitment to supporting the state on PHC activities, he explained that Vitamin A helps children’s bowels by reducing frequent defecation, adding that it is also good for the eye.
State Mobilisation Officer, Mrs. Yetunde Akinyosoye while stating that one of the objectives of the meeting was to help participants identify key influencers within their communities, wards, Local Government Areas, and State, she stressed the need to debunk untrue information relating to immunization.
According to her, a voice note on the Human Papillomavirus ( HPV) which has been in circulation isn’t true, stating that the state is yet to begin the vaccination.
State Immunisation Officer, Mrs Comfort Olagundoye while speaking on the strategy to use for the exercise, she said that uniformed health workers will move from house to house to vaccinate children between 0 and 5 years for oral polio adding that they will also give Vitamin A to children between 6months and 5years.
Giving details of the Vitamin A supplement, she said; “The Vitamin A has two colours; blue and red. The blue will be received by children between 6 months and 12 months while the red color is for those between 12 months and 59 months.”
According to her, there will also be a special team that will visit religious places, parties, parks, etc. adding that there are also fixed posts (health facilities) where all Routine Immunisation(RI) are available including COVID-19 which is for 18 years, and above.
She called on residents to make themselves available for the COVID-19 vaccination, stating that millions of residents of the state are yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.