Ogun state government encourages residents to embrace ongoing vaccination for children

The Ogun State Government has called on residents of the State to take advantage of a week- long measles and yellow fever vaccination exercise, to gain full immunity that will further protect them against contagious diseases.

Penpushing reports that, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker gave the advice at the flag-off of the vaccination campaign, in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area of the State, affirming that the vaccines are safe and effective.

The Commissioner represented by the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola explained that children of ages 9 months to 59 months are eligible to take measles vaccine, while the yellow fever is for age 9months to 44years

Penpushing further reports that, she  added that the mass vaccination campaign has commenced from Friday,  June 17, to  Friday July 8, 2022 in  public health facilities and designated vaccination posts such as schools, religious centres , markets and motor parks across the State.

The Chairman of the council area, Hon. Gabriel Ogunyomi in his keynote address said the campaign was a demonstration of government’s commitment to end killer diseases such as Polio, Measles, Yellow Fever, among others

Penpushing also reports that, Ogunyomi added that, the aims and objectives are to   revitalise the primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities in the State, and commended the Ministry efforts for chosen the council area for the ceremony, with assurance  of maximum support for a successful implementation of the campaign.

The  representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), National Primary Health Care Development  Agencies (NPHCDA) and United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), in separate goodwill messages said the health campaigns are crucial to ensure progress in the realisation of children’s’ right to good health care.

Penpushing reports that, the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Abdul Azeez Adelakun in a royal endorsement called on parents and caregivers to avail their children and wards the opportunity of the exercise

The Alaye of Ayetoro who was represented by Chief Mufutau Oyeyemi, pointed out that the exercise will go a long way in curbing various diseases, while number of mothers who brought their wards and children for the vaccination commended the efforts of the state government, and assured that information on the vaccination would be shared with others in their communities.

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