Governor Obi Flags Off Routine Immunization

Anambra state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, says his administration targets one hundred per cent immunization coverage of the state before the end of his tenure in March 17 2014.

He was speaking during the October flag off of routine immunization plus days for children under five years at Ebenebe, Awka north local government area of Anambra state, where about 100 children were immunized, a sure way of improving their lot as part of health intervention by the state government, in an agrarian community with a projected population of 136,622 people for 2013 records and is said to be one of the poorest communities in Anambra state.

Dider Gbofeyin, the state representative of UNICEF revealed that Anambra state has recorded over 95 per cent immunization coverage in polio but decried the poor tetanus immunization by pregnant women in the area.

The routine immunization programme aims at protecting over 27,300 children less than five years of age from the polio disease in the local government area and the number represents over twenty five per cent of the population in Awka north local council area.

In his remarks, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, who is the State Commissioner for Health, says the state is ready to maintain its six-year polio free status while announcing the upgrade of twelve general hospitals in the state.

Governor Obi’s resolve to leave lingering memories in the minds of Anambra indigenes is what he has extended to the health sector when he stated that in spite of the present wide and comprehensive coverage so far achieved, his government was still determined to scale up further its polio vaccination drive in the state.

Senate Begins Probe Into Mystery Bodies In Ezu River

The Senate committee on Police and National Security Affairs has commenced investigation into the bizarre incident at Ezu river where twenty two decomposed bodies were found floating.

The six-member delegation led by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu paid a courtesy call on Kenneth Okonkwo, the traditional ruler of Amansea, the community mostly affected by the odd event, from where they proceeded to Ezu River, the scene of the incident.

The intriguing part of the exercise took place at the conference Hall of the Government House, Awka, where the Senate committee with its chairman, Mohammed Mangoro but led by Senator  Nwagu, thoroughly cross examined relevant government functionaries and members of the public to extract information that could lead to the unravelling of the mystery of the decomposed floating corpses spotted at Ezu River on the 19th of January this year.

The Anambra state governor who was represented by the deputy governor expressed his appreciation to the committee and thanked the federal government for deeming it fit to assist the state in getting to the root of the matter.

The leader of the delegation, Senator Nwagu  cleared the air on the purpose of the probe and the grilling began with the state commissioner for Health,  Lawrence Ikeakor But it did not commence until after oath-taking which was made compulsory to show the seriousness of the exercise.

The health commissioner said it would take 48 hours for a body to decompose and autopsy examination can take one day, one year depending on the circumstance.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police absolved himself and his men of the blames of the burial of the dead men as he also denied the arrest of MASSOB members, even though the Director of communications for MASSOB countered the police commissioner’s statement of not arresting any MASSOB member at any date or time last year and directly accused the SARS Division in Awkuzu for the crime.

Yet another Lawyer stepped forward with more revealing information pertaining to the activities in Awkuzu SARS office where his kinsmen; an elderly man was killed extra-judicially by the police in the SARS office. He specifically mentioned the name of the police officer in charge at the Awkuzu SARS station, Celestine Ani.

His presentation left all dumbfounded and the Senate committee concluded that issues arising be taken really serious with investigation and the legal practitioner’s account of the events at the SARS office must be taken seriously as it is a credible clue to unravelling the mystery of the Ezu River floating bodies.