The Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has charged Stakeholders in the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to mount strong synergy that will forestall further appearance of the wild Polio in the State and Country.
Sir. Oko Chukwu who gave the charge during a meeting of the State Immunization Task force held at Government House, Umuahia said he convened the meeting to enable them look at critical issues affecting immunization and the need to ensure total eradication of Poliomyelitis and other communicable diseases in the State and the way forward.
The Deputy Governor disclosed that the meeting has become necessary following recent detection of traces of the Polio Virus in 10 States of the Federation including Abia State 6 months after the issuance of polio free certificate to Nigeria and stressed the need for local Government Chairmen and traditional Rulers to sensitize the people at the grassroots on the polio eradication campaign exercise.
He warned that the immunization exercise is compulsory for every child in the State and urged the Executive Secretary of State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to provide names and addresses of private schools that refuse the immunization of their pupils, while Chairmen of the various local Government Areas should ensure that Health Workers are no longer attacked and molested while carrying out their duties as well as Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders in sensitizing their subjects on the need for them to present their children for immunization.
Also speaking the Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu while giving a presentation on immunization and update on COVID-19 vaccination in the State listed their challenges to include threat to life of Health workers in some Local Government Areas, block rejection of vaccination of eligible children by Private School Proprietors across the State and logistics problems and requested the release of counterpart funds for the second round of Outbreak Response ( OBR) implementation among others.
Responding on behalf of the Local Government Chairmen, The Secretary, ALGON and Chairman Isuikwuato LGA, Chief Chima Agbaeze and the Chairman , Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers ,Eze Joseph Nwabeke, Chairman ASUBEB, Elder Josiah Anonaba who commended the State Government for their efforts at improving the health indices of the State, called for adequate briefings and close collaboration with Health care workers on issues concerning immunization programs and health related matters before their commencement.
Our Government House Correspondent, Mercy Kalu reports that the meeting which featured goodwill messages from World Health Organization and UNICEF representatives in the State, among others attracted the presence of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Sir Don Ubani, among others attracted the presence of Body of Permanent Secretaries, Top Government Officials and other Stakeholders in the Primary Healthcare sector.