The Ondo State Government is to increase the surveillance capabilities of the state Ministry of Health in realisation of the fact that the battle of immunisation against polio is worth fighting.
The state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, made this known in Akure yesterday at a meeting with the state Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation Task Force.
According to the governor, state has been polio-free since 2009, adding that the state is not only leading in South-west, but in Nigeria as a whole.
Mimiko, who said routine immunisation was the most effective way of reducing polio, restated his administration's commitment to the continuation of regular immunisation.
He stressed that investment in immunisation had multiplier effect on the society and promised to assist local governments in the state to take immunisation as a priority.
Welcoming participants to the forum, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said the dividends of the state being the polio-freest in the federation was a result of the efforts of Mimiko administration to ensure good health for the electorate. The governor also presented the signed establishment bill of the State Primary Health Care Board and Local Government Area Health Authorities recently passed by the House of Assembly at the occasion.
The Board is composed of a part-time Chairman, members and an Executive Secretary.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mimiko lamented that the challenges of coordination of the various health care services by the local governments such that the goal of providing primary healthcare had become a mirage.
According to him, "this was owing to the existing structural arrangement of the health system with resultant inability to fashion a comprehensive technical and operational guidelines for providing effective primary healthcare services towards the betterment of the people.
In another development, Mimiko, has restated his commitment to further transform the state in the next four years.
Mimiko stated this yesterday while hosting members of some interest groups at the Government House in Akure.
The group include the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Market men and women, NURTW, RTEAN, National Council of Women Society, Nigerian Medical Association and the non-indigenes in the state among others.
The governor appreciated the groups for their unalloyed support for him in the October 20 governorship election where he emerged the winner.
He also commended the people of the state for their favourable disposition towards his administration's programmes, assuring them that he would continue to work for them so as to move the State to an enviable position.
The governor added that he would continue to take decisions that will be of immense benefit to the greatest number of the people.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the state Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Services, Mr. Clement Faboyede, lauded the people of the state for not mortgaging the future of the state by voting en masse for the re-election Mimiko.
Faboyede, who was the campaign director of Mimiko Campaign Organisation assured the people that the second term in office of Dr Mimiko would be of immense benefit to the people.
Some leaders of the groups in their remarks lauded the Mimiko-led government for meeting their various demands and promised to support him to succeed in his second-term in office.