4 March 2013

Nigeria: Ajimobi Plans to Kick Out Child Killer Diseases

The Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared that his administration would not relent in its efforts until all diseases that could pose threat to the lives of the children in the state are kicked out.

The governor made this declaration at the flag off of another round of National Immunisation plus Days (NIPDs) at the Ibadan North-West local government council, Onireke, Ibadan.

The governor in a statement yesterday by his special adviser on media, Dr Festus Adedayo said that his government would continue to mobilise resources for effective, efficient and accessible immunisation services in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

To demonstrate his government's seriousness in making the state polio-free, Governor Ajimobi directed all his special advisers, senior special assistants and special assistants to commence the monitoring of immunisation exercise towards ensuring the well-being of the citizenry.

The governor called on all stakeholders and development partners to continue to collaborate with government in achieving this goal.

He pointed out that his administration had entered a "new phase of rapprochement, networking and interfacing" with development partners and organisations for the people of the state, especially the children who must be protected from polio and other child killer diseases.

Governor Ajimobi said that the immunisation exercise was being replicated by council chairmen in all the remaining local government headquarters to demonstrate the needed commitment and to ensure that immunisation and other essential health care services got to every child.

He reiterated his administration's commitment to transforming the health care service in the state as it had commenced the distribution of N200 million essential drugs to hospitals and primary health care facilities in the state and had also commenced the recruitment of health workers for general hospitals in the state.

The state commissioner for health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin said that the state had been polio free in the last four years, stressing that the regular immunisation exercise was aimed at sustaining the trend.

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