By Kemi Olatunde
In order to protect children against diarrhea in Ondo State, government has flagged off the introduction of Rotavirus vaccine into the Routine Immunisation (RI) schedule in the state.
Declaring open the event, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Awolowo Ajaka described Rotavirus as deadly attributing vaccination as one of the best ways to combat it.
Ajaka explained that if Diarrhea in children wasn’t properly managed it could lead to dehydration and lost of life if not given proper medical attention.
He called on parents especially mothers and other caregivers to present their children for the Vaccination adding that they should also sensitise other residents on it.
Speaking earlier, Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, Prof. Adedayo Faduyile stressed the need on proper hygiene especially in children noting that diarrhea has killed several children in time past.
Describing Rotavirus as the cause of diarrhea, he called on residents to embrace the vaccination in order to secure the future of their children.
Speaking on behalf of developing partners in the state, State Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Dele Davies commended the state give for its massive investment in the health sector and pledged more support from partners especially in the area of ensuring that eligible children are vaccinated in the state.
According to him, it is important that parents give adequate protection to their children especially through immunisation so as to prevent untimely death among them.
He called on them to always ensure proper and timely vaccination of the children.
In his opening remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Akanbiemu stated that the state is being proactive in the provision of qualitative service to both children and pregnant women.
He commended the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for making the vaccine available for children in Nigeria assuring that the state will continue to give priority to immunisation exercise.
According to him, the state has been doing well in immunisation noting that there has been an effective cold chain system on ground both at the state and local government level for effective service delivery.
He called on stakeholders to do the needful in preventing diarrhea from attacking children in the state.