The Ondo state government will today Saturday January, 21 begin outbreak response two in the bid to prevent the reoccurrence of polio in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu announced this at a stakeholders meeting in Akure.
According to Dr Akanbiemu, Nigeria has been declared polio free and there is the need to maintain this status .
He noted that health workers would be moving round to administer the vaccine on children from zero months to five years, while other antigens would also be made available for children between zero age to twenty three months.
Also speaking, the Director, Disease control and immunisation, Dr Victor Adefesoye urged mothers to present their children for vaccination whether in churches, mosques, markets and other public places so prevent polio and other child killer diseases.
Dr Adefesoye said the OBR will last five days.
Also speaking, the Director, Community Health and Education in the agaency, Dr. Samuel Abiona while appreciating stakeholders for their support solicited more to ensure the success of the exercise.
The Ondo State immunisation Mobilisation Officer, Mrs Yetunde Akinyosoye urged stakeholders to play their role well in ensuring that eligible children were not left out in the exercise.
Representative, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Israel Popoola stressed the need for health educators to review their strategy for more effectiveness adding that health workers should always take precautions against both COVID-19 and LASSA Fever saying “you should also advise residents on the need to embrace clean environment.”
Responding, stakeholders assured of more commitment and support for government in ensuring success in all programmes.