No Record Of Polio Outbreak In Seven Years – Oyo Govt.

Polio, sokoto stateThe Oyo State Government has revealed that efforts towards the eradication of polio in the state has yielded positive results and is still yielding fruits, adding that the state has not recorded any polio outbreak for the past seven years.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan made this known over the weekend, during the flag off of the first round of the 2017 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), held at the secretariat of Oyo west local Government, Ojongbodu, Oyo town.

Dr. Adeduntan stated that the State Government would scale up the collaboration between the state and local governments to ensure that immunization services reach every child in the state, stressing that the government is set to make immunization services the right of every child and not a privilege.

The Commissioner explained that the NIPDs campaign was not only on eradication of polio but on all vaccine preventable diseases, noting that children are most susceptible to infections during the early childhood years.

According to him, the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), is a supplemental immunization campaign geared to ensure herd immunity among children under five years against poliomyelitis and towards the eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

Dr. Adeduntan urged mothers to make their children from ages 0-5 years available for the first round of immunization between March 25 and 28, 2017, explaining that it has been scientifically proven that immunization does not kill or affect children negatively against the backdrop of some cultural belief.

He called on all mothers to make sure they complete all stipulated immunization from birth for their children so that the efforts of the State government will not be fruitless.

“The intervention and target age group includes women of child bearing ages against tetanus and health promotion, children of 0-59 months for oral polio and all missed routine antigens and children of 0-11 months for due and missed routine antigens”, Dr. Adeduntan stressed.

Oyo Targets Three Million People For Immunization Against Polio, Tetanus

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The Oyo State government has targeted at least three millions people as the beneficiaries of the 2017 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), against Poliomyelitis and Tetanus Toxoid.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, who stated this in Ibadan, said that the first round of the NIPDs will hold between March 25 and 28, 2017 across the state.

He added that pregnant women would be immunized against Tetanus Toxoid and counseled on health promotion.

The Commissioner disclosed that 1,615,441 children between ages 0 and 5 years were targeted for Oral Polio Vaccination, while 171,855 women of child-bearing ages would be vaccinated against Tetanus.

Also, 4,152 children below age one who had missed their routine immunization schedule would be vaccinated accordingly with the due antigens.

He further explained that the NIPDs is a supplemental Immunization Campaign geared to ensure herd immunity among the under-five years children, as well as to vaccinate un-immunized under one year old children against all other preventable diseases.

The Commissioner stressed that the state government would not relent on its efforts to improve health care delivery in the state, noting that the immunization exercise was a priority.