Ogun steps up fight against Polio

Polio Immunization

The Ogun State Government said it wants to protect the potency of immunisation vaccines

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, said that his administration will construct satellite cold chain stores across the 20 local government areas of the state to protect the potency of immunization vaccines.

Mr. Amosun gave this assurance on Friday in Ijebu Ode at the flag-off of the second round of this year’s National Immunisation Plus Day. He said there is a need to construct the cold chain stores because the absolute temperature of immunization vaccines needed to be maintained for safety and effectiveness.

“We are investing to have the cold chain stores in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State to protect the potency of immunization vaccines we give to our children,” he said.

Mr. Amosun said that his administration’s commitment to providing an efficient health care delivery service remains unwavering, affirming that all necessary steps would be taken to eradicate polio and prevent its resurgence in the state.

“Polio virus endangers the health of our children especially those between the ages of zero to five years and it required two drops of immunization vaccines to protect our children from being infected with the virus,” Mr. Amosun said.

The Governor called for the concerted efforts of traditional rulers, community leaders, partners and other stakeholders on health to eradicate the dreadful polio virus.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Olaokun Soyinka, called for all hands to be on deck to remove Nigeria’s name from the list of three countries still battling with the virus. Mr. Soyinka said the state has been polio-free in the last three years.

He said the state would not relent in its efforts to remain polio-free especially because of its proximity to Lagos where the virus had been detected in some dustbins recently.

Mr. Soyinka said that two million children in the state were immunised during the last round and affirmed that those that were missed out then would be adequately covered during this round.

The commissioner implored mothers and caregivers to make their children and wards, aged 0-5 years, available during the house-to house immunization scheduled to commence throughout the 20 local governments of the state from March 2 to March 5.

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