Ondo State moves to check an outbreak of Cholera in the state.
The Ondo State Government said it is taking steps to prevent Cholera, which has been reportedly detected in Osun State, from spreading to Ondo.
The Ondo government said it has begun to watch Owena, a border town between the state and Osun, to check the spread of the disease.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, who disclosed this to reporters in Akure, said the move became necessary following last week’s report of an outbreak of the disease in Osun.
He said the state took similar pro-active action sometimes ago in some border towns like Ifon and Ofosu when cases of wild polio were reported in Edo State.
The Commissioner said, “We will conduct border immunization in Owena which is the boundary between Ondo and Osun State because cholera has been detected in Osun and we don’t want its importation to our state.”
“At the moment our officers are on surveillance, checking out for any case because our health system is so strengthened and we would not allow any threat.
“We are very pro-active despite the fact that we have a very strong health programmes in place. We have not detected any polio or cholera case since we came on board in 2009,” he added.
Mimiko orders LG Chairmen to release funds
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has directed each of the Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman to release N500 thousand to their Local Government Primary Health Care Departments for the execution of the November edition of the of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW.
The governor also directed that the two riverine Local Governments release a sum of N600 thousand to ensure the success of the immunization exercise.
Mr. Mimiko, who was represented by his wife, Olukemi, at the flag off of another round of MNCHW promised that the administration would not relent in the fight to eradicate polio from the state.
The governor said his administration has finally reached the home stretch that will lead to the final eradication of polio from the state.
He said tremendous gains recorded in the past rounds of the exercise have led to the downward trend in the number of un-immunised children, sustenance of zero level status of wild polio virus, and Vitamin A coverage of over 90 per cent of the children aged 6 months to 59 months since the inception of the present administration.
Mr. Mimiko said the interventions that would be administered during this November 2012 round of MNCHW are immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming, screening for malnutrition, antenatal care, birth registration and health education on the key household care practices such as breast feeding and hand washing.